Student Actions and Projects

Looking for actions or projects that help the Bay? Use these ideas and resources!

Student Actions and Projects

Looking for actions or projects that help the Bay? Use these ideas and resources!

Starter Level Actions

One-time actions you can do every day

Sink and faucet. Photo freely licensed. Student holding litter. Photo credit CBF Staff. Student group meeting. Photo credit CBF Staff.
Save water. Turn off faucet while brushing teeth. Keep streams clean. Pick up a piece of litter. Get involved at school. Attend a green club meeting.
Share your love for the Bay. Show a local stream to friends. Prevent toxic pollution. Dispose of a household chemicals properly. Reduce emissions. Carpool one day.
Compost. Throw food scraps in the compost. Save electricity. Turn off a light. Reduce your resource footprint. Buy a used product.
Save paper. Print an assignment double-sided. Recycle. Throw a soda can in the recycle bin.  

Intermediate Level Actions

Smaller projects that can be done with available resources and a friend

Oval image of students filming. Photo credit CBF Staff.

"Save" written in light. Photo credit Collin Kroh.Photo by Collin Kroh

Student taking a survey. Photo credit Brantley Bissette.Photo by Brantley Bissette

Video. Make a video about taking actions. See some videos. Art project. Create an artistic message about Saving the Bay. Educational survey. Teach people about Bay problems via a survey. One student's example.
Action campaign. Pick a Starter Level action and lead a campaign at school, like "Save Water Week." Green clubs. Get some friends and start a group. Read a student's club advice. Save Oyster Shell. Recycle leftover oyster shell with CBF. Learn how.
Op-ed. Write an opinion piece about the Bay in your school paper or local Patch. Blog. Create a blog to raise awareness about a Bay issue.  

Advanced Level Actions

Projects that involve planning, helpers, and materials

Students with rain barrel. Photo credit CBF Staff. Trash in nature. Photo credit CBF Staff.

student wave,tree plantingPhoto by Alyssa Morris

Rain barrel. See how to install your own. Stream cleanup. Use our guide to organize a cleanup. Tree planting. Plant trees as streamside buffers.
Storm drain stenciling. Paint messages to discourage littering. Instructions. Oyster gardening. Raise oysters with CBF in Maryland or Virginia. Read one student's experience. Fix bare spots. Bare patch of lawn? See how to reseed it.
Rain garden. See how to build one and stop runoff. Environmental Fair. Hold a Bay festival at school.  

Other Awesome Resources

CBF Buy Fresh Buy Local website.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

More Things You Can Do At Home, In Your Yard, Buy Fresh Buy Local.

Alliance for the Bay stormwater projects website..
Alliance for the Bay

Instructions for projects that reduce stormwater.

Chesapeake Bay Program how to's and tips website.
Chesapeake Bay Program

How To's and Tips.

Past Contests and Campaigns

The NoRoofNoWalls flyer.

Photo Contest: #NoRoofNoWalls

Students inspired others to connect with the outdoors by tagging photos of places in the Chesapeake watershed. Winners recieved a CBF t-shirt.


Oval image of My Bay Blueprint flyer.

Action Campaign: #MyBayBlueprint

Students made their own personal blueprint plans of actions to Save the Bay, then tagged photos when doing an action to earn recognition.


Photo of water splashing in tub.Photo by CBF Staff

Photo Contest: Splashdance

Students texted a photo of splashing water to illustrate polluted runoff. Winners received an iPad mini or CBF gear.


Past Media Opportunities

Oval of smartphone taking picture of rain barrel. Photo credit CBF Staff.

CBF Student Blog

Be inspired by classmates from across the watershed who took action for the Bay. Posts range from 2014 to 2015.

Check Out the Blog

Oval image of students filming. Photo credit CBF Staff.

Student Correspondents Corps

Check out these leading student voices for the Bay. They documented actions, learned and shared CBF's positions on Bay issues, built real-life communication skills, and had fun on social media and the CBF Student Blog! The Student Correspondents program ran throughout 2014.

See Who They Were

Share Your Clean Water Story

What does the Bay, its rivers and streams mean to you? What impact have the Bay and its local waters had on your life? We'd like to know.

Share Your Story


Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.