For Background on Bay Topics:
- Interactive Water Quality Map
- CBF reports and magazines
- Bay Glossary
- CBF Speakers Bureau
- Other Bay-Related Organizations
Here are some resources that will be helpful as you integrate the environment into your classroom:
Classroom Resources (CBF-designed documents)
- CBF State of the Bay Report
- 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
- An Educator's Guide to the Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) - Chesapeake Bay Program
- Videos of Bay Topics (polluted runoff, rockfish, etc) - Chesapeake Bay Program
- Introduction to the Ecosystem - a guide to estuary basics
- Spark101 - videos and interactive online STEM sessions with industry professionals
- Daily Satellite Photos of the Bay Area MODIS Rapid Response real-time data
- How's My Waterway - online interactive database of water quality monitoring reports for students to investigate. Developed by the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Chesapeake Bay Remote Sensing Program - see aerial images of chlorophyll, temperature, salinity, and primary productivity levels.
- NOAA CBIBS Buoy - access real-time data from various points around the Bay as well as historic information about the area from John Smith's time
- Bay Backpack - a great collection of field activities, funding sources, and a blog to keep you updated on Bay education issues
- HHMI's BioInteractive - From climate change to genetics, BioInteractive brings real-world science to your classroom directly from the scientists' labs in a fun and interactive way.
- Where Do We Grow From Here? - A collection of over 20 lessons about smart growth, population, and land use developed by the MD Dept. of Natural Resources. The best part is they are already matched up to MD state standards.
- Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle - (For elementary teachers) Watershed Adventures of a Water Bottle tells the story of a water bottle’s journey in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and Atlantic Ocean. Upon reaching a storm drain, the personified water bottle travels the streams and rivers of Washington, D.C., meeting animals along its ride.
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
- Chesapeake Bay Program
- Bay Journal
- Virginia Institute of Marine Science
- Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
- Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
- Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
- University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
Student Action Projects
Fix 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.
Build 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.
Build 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 Stenciling—Many 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).