Learn Outside

Stories from CBF’s Education program, where students and teachers have unique opportunities to learn in some of the Chesapeake’s most inspiring places!

  • Nature on the Mind

    April 14, 2020

    According to mindfulness expert Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is “the awareness that arises from paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” To experience the benefits of mindfulness in nature you simply need to go outside, breathe deeply, and consciously recognize the world around you. Take in the sights, sounds, smells, and sensations of nature. Simply exist—and notice.

  • Tune in to April

    April 7, 2020

    April is when our world reawakens from its winter slumber. The Romans named the month after their word meaning “to open or blossom.” April is the first full month of spring, a time of rapid rebirth and growth, when the days grow longer and the nights get shorter.

  • Becoming a Naturalist

    March 31, 2020

    Nature is everywhere you are. Finding it is easy, especially if you are curious about clouds, trees, weather, stars, rocks, birds, ants, or anything else outside. True magic lies in your curiosity about these everyday things.

  • Why Nature Journal?

    March 25, 2020

    Nature journaling is a way to creatively connect and build a deep, lasting relationship with the natural world.

  • Hope for the Next Decade

    January 16, 2020

    An educator reflects on teaching the next generation of Bay stewards in a challenging time. "We will no doubt experience more setbacks in the decade to come, but if we can keep on the path of progress established in the last decade, continue to learn and find innovative solutions, we will be closer to a healthy, restored Bay and more resilient in the face of climate change."

  • Beyond the Marsh

    October 25, 2019

    The loss of Fox island offers a lesson on climate and the importance of environmental education.

  • Mud Between Your Toes

    October 17, 2019

    CBF educators past and present remember Fox Island magic before the education center closes its doors at the end of this season.

  • Farewell to Fox

    October 10, 2019

    As the sun fades on CBF’s iconic island education center, we’re more committed than ever to sharing its lessons.

  • Follow the Filter Feeders

    August 22, 2019

    CBF student leaders headed to the nation’s capital to explore the connections between federal policy and water quality.

  • Summertime Learning, Brock Center Style

    August 7, 2019

    Summertime and being on the water go together like crabs and Old Bay. And while school is still out for most kids, the Chesapeake Bay is a great place to learn when the weather’s warm.

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