CBF workboat "Marguerite" on Meredith Creek. Photo by Jo Shallcross/CBF StaffCBF's workboat and canoes on Meredith Creek. Photo by Jo Shallcross/CBF Staff

Arthur Sherwood Environmental Education Program

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Two girls paddle a canoeCombining the resources of a fully equipped research vessel with the hands-on experience of flatwater canoes, the Arthur Sherwood program allows students to gain a more complete understanding and appreciation of the ecosystem. On the open Bay and within sight of the Bay Bridge and U.S. Naval Academy, students aboard the Marguerite conduct biological sampling, test water quality, and dredge for oysters. Additionally, students explore the quiet shallower waters of Meredith Creek, identifying marine and plant species and evaluating water quality.

By comparing these different habitats, participants draw connections and ultimately gain a much greater understanding of the Chesapeake ecosystem, including the human impact on the health of the Bay.

Program capacity: 30 participants (grades 4 and above).

Pre- and Post-Field Experience Activities

Bring the watershed to life as you engage your students with curriculum-based investigations before and after a field experience with CBF!  All links below are for websites or Adobe pdf documents available to download.


Elementary School - Watershed Address 

Middle School - When Rain Hits the Land

High School - Data in the Classroom from the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System


Elementary School - What's In Your Lunch?

Middle School - Thinnk!  What's Under Your Sink

High School - Student Wave action projects

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