Students participating in the Virginia Canoe Program. Photo by CBF StaffStudents enjoying some canoe time. Photo by CBF Staff

Elisabeth Reed Carter Environmental Education Program

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From Northern Virginia to Richmond to Virginia Beach, CBF's mobile canoe rig travels to a river or stream near you. Trip participants probe the Bay's biologically diverse flat water to learn about the effects of creekside land uses and study the area's plants and wildlife. CBF staff travel to many Virginia rivers to canoe some of the most scenic waterways in the watershed.

Program Capacity: Max. 23 (includes chaperones), grades 6 and up.

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

About Elisabeth Reed Carter

Individual actions make a difference. For the 17 million people who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, our behavior directly affects the health of the Bay, a fragile ecosystem struggling to recover from decades of pollution and neglect. The choices we make in our daily lives—whether we make our lawns Bay-friendly, buy local foods, conserve water, or the people we vote for—will mean the difference between a saved Bay and one that remains impaired. Environmental education, one of the cornerstones of CBF's mission to Save the Bay™, is the most powerful tool we have to inspire stewardship and effect improvements on the Bay.

As a longtime member, Elisabeth "Liz" Reed Carter has been a champion of CBF’s education program. Ms. Carter has devoted her life to volunteer service. From 1980 to 1990, she served as a CBF Trustee during a critical period of growth that helped to form the organization we are today. She participated directly in the development of the environmental education program in the Richmond area, working tirelessly to promote CBF programs throughout the Commonwealth. Following her service on the Board of Trustees, she served on the President's Advisory Council from 1996 to 2012. In addition, Ms. Carter has been a lifelong outdoor enthusiast who enjoys gardening, caving, and white-water canoeing.

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