Students aboard the skipjack Stanley Norman. Photo by Loren Barnett/CBF StaffStudents aboard the skipjack Stanley Norman. Photo by Loren Barnett/CBF Staff

Skipjack Program

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The Stanley Norman, one of the last of the Chesapeake's famous fleet of skipjacks, provides an authentic setting to study the Bay's resources. Originally built in 1902, the Stanley Norman is an unforgettable venue for participants to dredge for oysters, test water quality, and imagine what it was like to work on a 65-foot wooden sailing vessel. Programs run out of Annapolis and St. Michaels, Maryland.

CBF instructors utilize activities to deepen participants' understanding of local ecosystems and give relevance and depth to the classroom curriculum. Our goal is to actively engage students and promote higher order thinking skills by learning through active experience.

Program capacity: Up to 24 participants (including chaperones), grades 5 and above.

Special Topics in Biology—The American Oyster. For high school, AP, and college-level students.

Pre- and Post-Field Experience Activities

Bring the watershed to life as you engage your students with curriculum-based investigations before and after a field experience with CBF!  All links below are for websites or Adobe pdf documents available to download.


Elementary School - Watershed Address 

Middle School - When Rain Hits the Land

High School - Data in the Classroom from the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System


Elementary School - What's In Your Lunch?

Middle School - Thinnk!  What's Under Your Sink

High School - Student Wave action projects

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