50 Forward

Celebrating 50 Years With Student Leaders

Student group from 50 Forward program

For 50 years, CBF has partnered with leaders across the nation, within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and within our local communities, to save the Bay. Our Education program celebrated that 50-year milestone by inviting student leaders from across the watershed to share their vision for the next 50 years of Bay advocacy and restoration.

From July 10 through July 14, 2017, 72 self-selected student leaders from throughout the watershed explored their environment, communities, and connection to clean water as part of CBF's 50 Forward Student Leadership Program. Five different groups hiked, fished, boated, seined, and paddled in some of the most beautiful and inspiring natural areas in the Chesapeake watershed. They met with Bay leaders, conservation and restoration experts, scientists, watermen, farmers, elected officials, and a multitude of other specialists to learn more about the management practices that affect water quality in the Bay and in its rivers and streams.

On Saturday, July 15, the five groups of student leaders converged on CBF's headquarters in Annapolis to share what they learned, to discover how they can make a difference, and to commit to protecting the environment in their home communities and speaking out on behalf of their generation and generations to come.

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