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Near the southernmost port on the Chesapeake, students aboard the workboat Bea Hayman Clark explore the Elizabeth and James Rivers and learn about the relationship between the land, the rivers, and the Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Hampton Roads program offers students a floating classroom to explore local waterways and deepen their knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants explore rivers and tributaries, sample aquatic life, and perform simple water quality tests. They learn about the effects of human activities on the estuary, local ecosystem health, and system dynamics. Through hands-on activities, students discover how water quality is degraded by our actions and learn what we can do about it.
CBF's one day, hands-on field curricula are tailored to suit group dynamics, available time, and weather conditions. Our activities are designed to correlate to the Virginia Standards Of Learning to help teachers get the most out of each trip. Our goal is to actively engage students and promote critical thinking skills for educated problem solving. Teachers may select from one of three locations: Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth or Virginia Beach.
Program Capacity: Up to 30 people (including chaperones), grade 4 and older.