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.

  • Cheddar the Oyster Gardening Cat

    What are all the cool cats doing these days? They're oyster gardening!

  • Restoration, Onward!

    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our personal and professional lives, but CBF staff are still pushing forward with Bay restoration efforts across the watershed safely and responsibly.

  • A Family Calling to Take Care of the Land

    Morgan’s Last Standing farm is among the last Black-owned farms in Clarke County, Virginia.

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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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Chesapeake Bay Crossword Puzzle

Test your Chesapeake Bay knowledge with our newest activity: a Chesapeake Bay crossword puzzle.
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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: How are Federal Rollbacks Impacting Wetlands?

    How are streams and wetlands impacted by federal rollbacks, like the rollback of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule?

  • Ask an Expert: What Is a Fish Kill?

    Why do dozens, hundreds, or sometimes even thousands of fish wash ashore dead? What types of environmental factors can cause these mass die-offs? How can we prevent them from happening?

  • 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.

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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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Share Your Clean Water Story

What does the Bay, its rivers and streams mean to you? What impact have the Bay and its local waters had on your life? We'd like to know.

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Volunteer

Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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