In these unsettling times, know that a few things are certain. We at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation care about you, your loved ones, and the environment where we all live. We will pull together to support one another during this difficult time, just as we have historically come together for our shared mission to save the Bay.
To help you (and us!) get through these times together, we've launched two new initiatives to bring the Bay and its rivers and streams to you, even when we're stuck at home. To see our efforts in action, one needs to look no further than our Bringing the Bay Home and Learn Outside, Learn at Home initiatives. Our scrappy staff is putting together uplifting Bay stories, inspirational videos, helpful, curriculum-based teaching resources for those with students at home, and so much more.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis also means we're having to postpone many of our events, volunteer opportunities, and other activities. The health and safety of our community of volunteers, members, supporters, and staff remain our top priorities. As such, we are exercising the following precautions in the face of this global crisis. Please see below for the latest and stay tuned to this page for future updates.
All CBF-hosted events scheduled through May 31 have been canceled. We will continue to assess the situation and update this page regularly regarding future events. Registrants will be notified of any canceled events. Be assured that all decisions will be based on our confidence in providing a healthy and safe environment for participants and staff.
For future events that have not been canceled, if you or an immediate family member have traveled to any country on which the CDC has a current Level 2 Warning or above within 14 days of a scheduled program, we ask that you please do not attend. For more information, visit the CDC travel notice webpage.
CBF EDUCATION PROGRAMS:
We are working with our school partners and following best practices as dictated by the Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania health departments as well as the CDC. At this time, student field experiences scheduled through June 5 have been canceled. We will continue to assess the situation and update this site regularly regarding future programs. At this time, we are moving forward with our summer Student Leadership and Chesapeake Classrooms professional development courses.
We have updated our Learn Outside, Learn at Home website to include new video learning, field investigation lessons, and printable watershed curriculum as well as resources from CBF's science experts. For any questions or more online learning support please reach out to ChesapeakeClassrooms@cbf.org.
As of Monday, March 16, all CBF offices and buildings are closed, and our staff are working remotely. These closures will remain in effect for the foreseeable future. Any updates regarding future building closures will be posted on this page.
Rest assured our work to save the Bay continues—stronger than ever. Rulemaking and (de)regulatory efforts are still happening. And EPA’s attempt to turn a blind eye to polluters can’t stand. Our policy experts, attorneys, and others are working overtime to ensure all progress isn’t lost. It's times like these when we're reminded that CBF is defined by our passionate, strong, and resilient community of trustees, staff, members, and colleagues. We know that we will eventually overcome this crisis, and the important work we do together will continue. Stay safe and be well.