Watershed Voice June 2011

Watershed Voice E-Newsletter from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
CBF's education e-newsletter
Beyond Books

Blue crfabHope for Bay Oysters and
Blue Crabs?

After years of overharvesting, habitat destruction, and bouts with disease, the Chesapeake Bay blue crab and oyster are on the verge of a comeback.

Students carefully tend a grave on Holland IslandStudents Provide a Great Service to Holland Island
Holland Island, once home to a thriving Bay community, is now a wetland with a unique graveyard.  Find out how a class of middle school students honored the community through service-learning.

Morning Announcements
  • CBF Field Experience Applications Due June 17th���Fall 2011 will be the perfect time to bring your students on a one-day field experience on a CBF workboat, to Clagett Farm, or canoeing on a local river. The new application for both one-day and residential programs is available online and due June 17th. Questions? Contact educationcoordinator@cbf.org.
      
  • Bay Program Releases Water Quality Assessment���In May, the Chesapeake Bay Program released its yearly water quality assessment, which painted an improving picture of Bay health.  While certain things are getting better, CBF warns that the ecosystem is still dangerously out of balance. Read the article and CBF's statement.
       
  • Fall Teacher Workshops���Spend a day this fall learning how increased environmental literacy can create valuable and meaningful watershed experiences at your school. Details, dates, and agendas for workshops about leading student field investigations and student action projects, and developing curriculum are available online
Teacher Tools

Bay grassesLearning About Underwater Grasses Here's an interesting project for your students: get them to write down their definition of SAVs (submerged aquatic vegetation) and why they are important. Then show them this video for fun.

For more information on SAVs, see CBF's Guide to Underwater Grasses

Help CBF's Baltimore Harbor Education Program win $30,000!

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Did you know that Liberty Mutual Insurance is offering $30,000 to three local Maryland causes.

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Eco Tip

Composting

Here's a summer project that will help reduce waste and provide wonderful soil for your garden���build a compost pile.

Composting is really easy. Just pick a convenient location for a pile or a bin, and start putting your garden weeds, lawn clippings, leaves, and kitchen waste (everything but animal products) in it. Turn the pile, or mix up the bins every once in a while, and before you know it you'll have rich, dark humus to add to your garden soil. For more information on home composting, check out www.planetnatural.com/composting-101/.

Summer Calendar

Event: MAEOE Youth Summit
Dates: June 3, 2011
Location: Sandy Point State Park, Maryland

Event: Clean the Bay Day
Date: June 4, 2011
Location: Throughout Virginia

Event:  Poplar Island Wetland Restoration
Date:  June 8���12, 2011
Location: Poplar Island, Maryland

For a full listing of upcoming events and restoration projects check our Online Calendar.

Education in the News

05.24.2011 - Richmond Times-Dispatch, "Robious Students Spot Warblers on Canoe Trip"

04.02.2011 - York Daily Record, "Students Step Knee Deep Into Nature" (PDF)

03.31.2011 - Hopewell News & Patriot, "A Floating Classroom"

03.17.2011 - Advocate of Eldersburg & Sykesville, "Resident Helps Bluebird Population Thrive"
 

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