Watershed Voice Summer 2012

Watershed Voice E-Newsletter from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Summer 2012

Watershed Voice
CBF's education e-newsletter
Morning Announcements

A turtle rests on a branch in the water.Stretch and soak up some sun as you peruse the Morning Announcements! Photo by Brooke Newton/CBF Staff.  

Earn Credit this Summer with CBF! 
Explore amazing ecosystems and fantastic teaching resources while you earn recertification or graduate credit during CBF's five-day, field-based teacher courses. Each teacher receives a $1,500 scholarship from CBF donors for their participation (remaining teacher/school district responsibility is $300 for most courses). See course schedules and registration.   

Nominations Now Accepted for Bartlett Environmental Education Award
Honor an outstanding high school teacher who successfully integrates environmental education into their curriculum and engages students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges. Teachers serving grades 9-12 are eligible to apply. The winning teacher will receive $5,000 to support their work in environmental education. Nominations are due June 8. 

Principal Leadership Program
Our summer programs aren't just for teachers. Our Environmental Leadership for Principals Program teaches principals how to implement a school program that utilizes and benefits the local environment. Read more...

Grants Galore!
From farm to school to learning and leadership, there are many funding opportunities on the Bay Backpack’s website. Be sure to check them out! 

Beyond Books

Ophelia BarizoAwards for a MD Teacher 
Ophelia Barzio's passion for hands-on, outdoor learning has garnered her a number of awards, including the 2012 High School PASCO STEM Educator Award. Read how she uses CBF's field programs to energize her students.  

Blue crabs.Crab Baby Boom 
A booming number of baby crabs has boosted the Chesapeake Bay's crab population to its highest level since the early 1990s—great news for crabs, crabbers, our economy, our stomachs, and the Bay. Read on... 

Spring update from Fox (nature) News (AKA Fox Island):

"Finished our trip with Norfolk Collegiate, complete with a huge pod of playful dolphins that visited two days in a row, a huge terrapin in the scrape along with four seahorses, a pregnant male pipefish, and a male horseshoe crab. It's those rare spring days when we still see northern gannett hunting with the dolphins and the scoter gathering like a mirage on Pocomoke sound by the thousands preparing to migrate. Meanwhile summer's shanty birds and terns have already arrived and wheel through the evening doing mating dances. It's all too much! So awesome..."

—Eric Smith, Fox Island Seasonal Educator



Chesapeake Bay videosChesapeake Style Reality TV–A Useful Learning Tool
Use these short, compelling videos to get your students thinking about key conceptions and misconceptions about their local environment and current watershed issues.

Sample page from Bio Blitz – Pocket Guide to Field Skills.Bio Blitz
Spring and summer are full of new life.  Use this “Bio Blitz – Pocket Guide to Field Skills” to help your students discover critters,  make maps, and enjoy being outside on your schoolyard. 

My Garbology lessons and activities for students.Garbology Lessons
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle is still a powerful mantra. Help make each word more compelling with this collection of Garbology activities from NatureBridge. Teach your students how to start a compost bin, distinguish between needs and wants based on natural resources, and to pack an eco-friendly lunch.  

Summer Calendar

Event: 24th Annual Clean the Bay Day
Date: Saturday, June 2, 2012
Time: 9 a.m.-Noon
Location: Across Virginia

Event: Blue Planet Forum  
Date: Thursday, June 7, 2012
Time: 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Location: Norfolk, VA

Event: Bands in the Sand  
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Time: 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Location: Annapolis, MD

For a full listing of upcoming events, check our Online Calendar.

Sign up for summer teacher training with CBF!

 Two teachers seining on a Chesapeake Classrooms outing.

Register Now!



Share Your Clean Water Story

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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