Bringing the Bay Home

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A serene sunset in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Photo Credit: Jon McRay

Enjoying, exploring, and saving the Bay together from home.

This unique time of social distancing and isolation is an unexpected opportunity to connect to the Bay, to your local rivers and streams, and to the creatures that share this remarkable ecosystem with us. Bring the Bay home by exploring our uplifting stories, inspirational videos, helpful teaching resources for those with students at home, and more.

Video Stories

From watching the Bay's rivers come to life with spring to talking with oyster farmers and other businesses about how they're impacted by COVID-19, we're bringing you out on the water and beyond with compelling stories and helpful tips about Bay life and the current challenges facing it.

  • Community Supported Agriculture and COVID-19

    Local farms in the watershed are adapting to COVID-19 to provide a safe food supply while following practices that are good for clean water. Join experts at CBF's Clagett Farm to learn more about how you can find a farm near you.

  • The Proper Way to Eat an Oyster

    Johnny Shockley of Hooper's Island Oyster Co. shows step-by-step how to eat an oyster.

  • How to Shuck an Oyster

    Champion Oyster Shucker Deborah Pratt from Virginia’s Middle Peninsula demonstrates her unique lip-shucking method to open an oyster.

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CBF Webinars

From freshwater mussels to microplastics, CBF's webinars serve up timely, science-based explorations into Bay topics that will delight and inform.
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Zoom Bay Backgrounds

Bring the Bay to your next virtual happy hour or birthday party with one of our exciting Bay backgrounds.
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Interactive Activities

Pledge to Save the Bay from Home

Sign our pledge to do your part to restore and protect the Bay from home during COVID-19 lockdowns.
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Coloring Pages

Local artist David Scheirer has transformed his extraordinary art into coloring pages for you and your family to enjoy.
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Oyster Quiz

You may know a healthy Chesapeake Bay depends on water-filtering oysters. But what else do you know about the Bay's favorite bivalve? Take the popular oyster quiz to find out!
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Bay Footprint Calculator

Use this fun and handy tool to identify ways your lifestyle adds pollution to the Bay and what you can do to reduce it.
Find Your Footprint

Save the Bay Blogs

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Ask an Expert Series

How does the Chesapeake Bay's amazing natural system work? And how can we restore and protect it? Explore the answers with our CBF experts in this bite-sized video series.

  • Ask an Expert: What's the Buzz About Bee Balm?

    What native plant is medicinal, can be used as a tasty tea, is good for the environment, and has beautiful flowers that attract bees and butterflies? Find out why bee balm could be a great addition to your garden with CBF's Jay Ford.

  • Ask an Expert: What are Mummichogs (and Why are They Amazing)?

    Believe it or not, mummichogs were the first fish sent into space. This "mud minnow," common in brackish marshes, lives an amazing secret life serving science, wildlife, and fishermen. Learn more from Chris Moore, CBF's Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist.

  • Ask an Expert: What's the Bay's Shad and Herring Migration?

    Where do shad and herring lay their eggs after migrating from the ocean? Chris Moore, CBF's Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist, explores the remarkable spring shad and herring migration.

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Learn Outside, Learn at Home

At home with children? Dig into interactive and social resources with your at-home student to learn about the Bay and its watershed from your own backyard, porch, or park.
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Bay Cam

This penthouse overlooking CBF's Philip Merrill Environmental Center headquarters and the beautiful Bay has housed both geese and osprey over the years. Tune in and take a Zen break—if nothing else, enjoy those calming Bay waters in the background.

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Decades of Success: The 1970s

Even as a young organization, our work was effective and got noticed. Find out what we did.

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Want to stay up-to-date on all news and happenings in your region and across the Chesapeake watershed? Join our digital community.

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