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Resources for Teachers and Students

Students and teachersLooking for information about the Bay? We have resources both students and teachers will find helpful.

For Background on Bay Topics:


Here are some resources that will be helpful as you integrate the environment into your classroom:

Classroom Resources (CBF-designed documents)

CBF 2014 State of the Bay Report

Interactive Water Quality Map

Schoolyard Report Card (Adobe PDF)

Know Your Fish Activity Guides (Adobe PDF)

Bay-sic Ratios (Adobe PDF)

Ecological Identity Tree

How to Start an After-School Environmental Club (created in partnership with Anne Arundel County Public Schools)

Five Tips for Creating Strong Grant Proposals

Watershed Poster (Adobe PDF image that prints poster size)

Green Filter/Gray Funnel information about polluted runoff

Osprey Tracking Project

Watershed Voice - CBF's e-newsletter specifically designed for teachers

Chesapeake Classrooms-specific Items

Chesapeake Classrooms Teachers Guide (Adobe PDF)

Issue Investigation Plan Template Worksheet (Adobe PDF)

How CBF's Field Programs Meet MD Standards


Student leadership means taking the initiative to make a difference in your community. Below are a few resources to guide you if you are doing research on the Chesapeake Bay, looking for an action project, or job searching.

Online Research for School Projects
Student Action Projects

Cover: Fix Your Schoolyard Bare SpotsFix Your Schoolyard Bare Spots (PDF, 12 pgs, 1.2 MB) Bare spots are places where vegetation (such as plants, shrubs, grasses, flowers) no longer exists in the soil. Bare spots come in all shapes and sizes. The outcome of having any type of bare spot is the same: storm water hits the ground and is not able to soak in to the land. Use this step-by-step guide to fix the bare spots in your school or home yard.

Cover: Build Your Own Rain BarrelBuild Your Own Rain Barrel (PDF, 4 pgs, 612 KB) Capture rain water from downspouts to reduce runoff and have a water source during droughts using this easy step-by-step guide.

Cover: Build Your Own Rain GardenBuild Your Own Rain Garden (PDF, 8 pgs, 627 KB) Add colorful habitat to your schoolground while keeping sediment from choking local streams by using this easy step-by step guide.




CBF Oyster Restoration—The Oyster Corps is a diverse collection of citizens and students dedicated to the common purpose of restoring oysters to the Chesapeake Bay. There are many ways people can help rebuild the Bay's depleted oyster populations, and participation in any of these activities makes you part of this grassroots movement. Explore our programs in Maryland and Virginia.

Storm Drain StencilingMany people are not aware that most storm drains lead directly to waterways that dump into the Bay. You can help clean up the Bay by stenciling a message that will help members of your community remember that nothing but rain water should enter the storm drains. Storm drains are not trash cans: whatever is dumped into them ends up in the Chesapeake Bay.  Learn more about how to participate in this important project.

Bay-Friendly Living Tips - How can my behavior at home impact the Bay?  Make sure you are being a good steward by reviewing these simple hints (Adobe PDF). 

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