Watershed Voice March 2012

CBF's education e-newsletter
Beyond Books

Students from Anne Arundel county schools gather in front of the Annapolis State House to lobby their representatives for clean waterStudents Become Lobbyists for the Day!
It's an unusually warm day for the first day of February when more than 140 Anne Arundel middle and high schoolers trek across Bladen Street in Annapolis to lobby their state representatives. Read on for the full story... 

Moonlight reflects on the water at Fox Island Lodge. Photo by Susan McElhinney/National Wildlife FederationWintertime Magic on the Islands 
It's cold, it's dark, the students and educators have all fled...so what's it like out on our island centers in the dead of winter anyway? CBFer Adam Wickline shows us that even though everyone has gone home, life still thrives in these magic places!

CBF's Fisheries Director Bill Goldsborough catches and releases a striped bass. Photo by Emmy NicklinFisheries Update 
Oyster season is winding down while spring fishing is getting started. What's the status of the Chesapeake's iconic critters? Read on for the full story here...

Morning Announcements
  • Summer is the perfect time for teachers to learn outside while they earn recertification credits AND gather interdisciplinary lesson plans for the classroom. Sign up for a Chesapeake Classrooms five-day course to discover a new world of fun along your local river or on an island in the heart of the Chesapeake.
  • Although scheduling for CBF's Spring 2012 field season has been completed, we still have a few openings on several of our programs: Clagett Farm, Skipjack, Philip Merrill Center, Potomac River, and VWEP. If you are interested in booking a date for any of these programs, please contact the scheduling department at educationcoordinator@cbf.org or 410/268-8816. 
  • Principal Leadership Program: Our summer programs aren't just for teachers. Our Environmental Leadership for Principals Program teaches you how to implement a school program that utilizes and benefits the local environment. Click here to read more details and to register.
  • Students in 7th and 8th grades (from PA, MD, VA, NY, WV, DC, and DE) are invited to participate in an essay contest to discuss their favorite science teacher and how this teacher has had an impact on his or her learning. The deadline for essay submissions is May 31, and the winning essay will be chosen before June 25. The winner will spend a day with international conservationist and educator Jeff Corwin on the set of Expedition Chesapeake during the 2012-2013 school year. Read more details.
Teacher Tools

Ilustration of benthic macro invertebrates, from CBF's introduction to biotic water quality testing.Critter Corners! 
This exercise is adapted from CBF's curriculum, "Critter Corners," and can be used as an introduction to biotic water quality testing using benthic macro invertebrates.


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Eco Tip

Springtime Suggestions for a Cleaner, Healthier Environment  
As the weather warms up, keep your school as healthy as possible this spring. Learn how to reduce school bus idling, protect students from toxic cleaning products, and reduce stormwater runoff from your schoolyard. 

Spring Calendar

Event: Rally for Clean Water
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Location: Annapolis, MD

Event: Severn River and Clements Creek Clean-Ups
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
Location: Annapolis, MD

Event: Lafayette Riverfest
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2012
Time: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Location: Norfolk, VA

For a full listing of upcoming events and restoration projects check our Online Calendar.

National Environmental Education Week



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What does the Bay, its rivers and streams mean to you? What impact have the Bay and its local waters had on your life? We'd like to know.

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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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