Student Actions and Projects

Looking for actions or projects that help the Bay? Use these ideas and resources!

Starter Level Actions

One-time actions you can do every day

Sink and faucet. Photo freely licensed.

Save water. Turn off faucet while brushing teeth.

Share your love for the Bay. Show a local stream to friends.

Compost. Throw food scraps in the compost.

Save paper. Print an assignment double-sided.

Student holding litter. Photo credit CBF Staff.

Keep streams clean. Pick up a piece of litter.

Prevent toxic pollution. Dispose of a household chemicals properly.

Save electricity. Turn off a light.

Recycle. Throw a soda can in the recycle bin.

Student group meeting. Photo credit CBF Staff.

Get involved at school. Attend a green club meeting.

Reduce emissions. Carpool one day.

Reduce your resource footprint. Buy a used product.

Intermediate Level Actions

Smaller projects that can be done with available resources and a friend

Oval image of students filming. Photo credit CBF Staff.

Video. Make a video about taking actions. See some videos.

Action campaign. Pick a Starter Level action and lead a campaign at school, like "Save Water Week.

Op-ed. Write an opinion piece about the Bay in your school paper or local Patch.

Photo by Collin Kroh

Art project. Create an artistic message about Saving the Bay.

Green clubs. Get some friends and start a group. Read a student's club advice.

Blog. Create a blog to raise awareness about a Bay issue.

Student taking a survey. Photo credit Brantley Bissette.Photo by Brantley Bissette

Educational survey. Teach people about Bay problems via a survey. One student's example.

Save Oyster Shell. Recycle leftover oyster shell with CBF. Learn how.

Advanced Level Actions

Projects that involve planning, helpers, and materials

Students with rain barrel. Photo credit CBF Staff.

Rain barrel. See how to install your own.

Storm drain stenciling. Paint messages to discourage littering. Instructions.

Rain garden. See how to build one and stop runoff.

Trash in nature. Photo credit CBF Staff.

Stream cleanup. Use our guide to organize a cleanup.

Oyster gardening. Raise oysters with CBF in Maryland or Virginia. Read one student's experience.

Environmental Fair. Hold a Bay festival at school.

student wave,tree plantingPhoto by Alyssa Morris

Tree planting. Plant trees as streamside buffers.

Fix bare spots. Bare patch of lawn? See how to reseed it.

Awesome Student Projects

An Action Project: improves the health of the Bay in a concrete, physical way (tree plantings, oyster gardening, etc.) AND/OR it shows others how to take action and urgest them to do so (videos, events, social media campaigns, etc.)

  • York County Student Raising Oysters for Five Years
  • Students Film Videos on CBF Student Leadership Courses
  • St. Christopher's School Students Clean Up Belle Isle
  • Howard County Student Documenting Her Oyster Gardening
  • Mountain Ridge Students Measure Water Quality Pre-Fracking
  • Virginia Beach Student Conducts Survey To Educate Community
  • Student At Bryn Mawr School Shows How To Lead A Green Club

Other Awesome Resources

CBF Buy Fresh Buy Local website.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

More Things You Can Do At Home, In Your Yard, Buy Fresh Buy Local.

Alliance for the Bay stormwater projects website..

Alliance for the Bay

Instructions for projects that reduce stormwater.

Chesapeake Bay Program how to's and tips website.

Chesapeake Bay Program

How To's and Tips.

Past Contests and Campaigns

Oval image of My Bay Blueprint flyer.

Action Campaign: #MyBayBlueprint

Students made their own personal blueprint plans of actions to Save the Bay, then tagged photos when doing an action to earn recognition.

Past Media Opportunities

Oval of smartphone taking picture of rain barrel. Photo credit CBF Staff.

CBF Student Blog

Be inspired by classmates from across the watershed who took action for the Bay. Posts range from 2014 to 2015.

Check Out the Blog

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