Combining the resources of a fully equipped research vessel with the hands-on experience of flatwater canoes, the Arthur Sherwood program allows students to gain a more complete understanding and appreciation of the ecosystem. From the Severn River to the open Bay and within sight of the Bay Bridge and U.S. Naval Academy, students aboard the Marguerite conduct biological sampling, identify marine and plant species, evaluate water quality, and dredge for oysters. Additionally, students explore the quiet, shallower waters of Meredith Creek, as well as Whitehall Bay, Hackett's Point oyster bar, and Holly Beach Farm, an ecological treasure where students can conduct water quality testing, use seining nets to examine marine species, and take part in forested buffer studies.
By comparing these different habitats, participants draw connections and ultimately gain a much greater understanding of the Chesapeake ecosystem, including the human impact on the health of the Bay.
Program capacity: 30 participants (grades 4 and above).
Pre- and Post-Field Experience Activities
Bring the watershed to life as you engage your students with curriculum-based investigations before and after a field experience with CBF! All links below are for websites or Adobe pdf documents available to download.
|Elementary School||Watershed Address||What's In Your Lunch|
|Middle School||When Rain Hits the Land||Think! What's Under Your Sink|
|High School||Data in the Classroom
from the NOAA Chesapeake Bay
Interpretive Buoy System
|Student Wave action projects|