Philip Merrill Environmental Education Program


CBF's Phillip Merrill Center.

CBF Staff

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This program makes use of an exceptional location between the shores of the Bay, the woods of Bay Ridge, the tidal marsh of Black Walnut Creek, and the local fields of tall native grasses. While experiencing the natural surroundings, students will survey the flora and fauna that make up an ecosystem's biodiversity. The Merrill Center building itself is a model of 'green' architecture and has won a Platinum Award from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is an exemplar of the minimal impact that even large-capacity office buildings can have on the environment.

Program Capacity: One or two groups of 30 each (students and chaperones) for a total of 30 or 60 people.  The land-based program may be combined with a boat program to accommodate large groups (subject to availability). Grade 4 - Adult.

Chesapeake Ecology & Sustainable Building Design.  For high school, AP, and college-level students.

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

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