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spacer Maryland flagWelcome to the Maryland State Room! Here, you will find selected Maryland resources regarding the Chesapeake Bay. If you are looking for a nearby field trip destination, tips from your Department of Education, or a local research institution, just click on one of the topics below.



School Improvement in Marylandsupports Maryland state content standards for science
This Web site has been created to help schools analyze their state assessment data and guide them in making data-based instructional decisions that would support improved performance for all students.

DNR Online Campus
This site from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources provides teachers with the tools they need to incorporate Maryland's natural resources into their curriculum and for their professional development. For K-12 students: this site offers something fun to do, suggestions for an outdoor activity, or help with homework. This site also includes a Chesapeake Bay bibliography, an events calendar, and an outdoor resource guide.

Eyes on the Bay
This site provides real-time information on a wide spectrum of Bay data from MD, including salinity, temperature, levels of dissolved oxygen, pH, water clarity, algal levels and chlorophyll concentrations. Other resources include extensive, easy-to-understand background material to help the public to understand why the data is relevant, how to interpret it, and what Maryland is doing to restore the health of the Bays and their tributaries. There are a variety of materials applicable to the Bay watershed as well.

Bay & Streams Education
This site includes information for students and teachers about bay tributaries, bay monitoring, bay grasses, etc. and various programs offered by MD DNR.

A free comprehensive online resource for Maryland educators, families and community members to help with the essential information, tools and materials need to enhance learning. Includes special lesson plans feature.


National Aquarium in Baltimore
The National Aquarium in Baltimore seeks to stimulate interest in, develop knowledge about, and inspire stewardship of aquatic environments. Professional development and student programs are available.

The SciTech Education Program, Baltimore Inner Harbor
Hands-on lab experiences in a laboratory setting in marine science and biotechnology for students in grades 3-12.

Assateague Island National Seashore
Basic information about the park is covered here.

SERC Education & Public Outreach
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center offers a number of hands-on science and distance learning education programs for K-12 students, as well as evening lectures for the general public. Through experiential programs in various ecosystems, students and teachers will increase their understanding of scientific research, the environment, and how human activities influence ecosystems.

Maryland Science Center: Discover Science Directory
this site contains a searchable index of all the field trip resources in Maryland.

Parks and People
Since 1984, Parks & People Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life in Baltimoreís neighborhoods by targeting parks, green communities, clean streams, and youth projects.

Arlington Echo
Located in Millersville, Maryland, these 24 wooded acres overlooking the Severn River are owned by the Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Trails run through forests and marsh areas, allowing for diverse activities. Rowboats and canoes are available at the waterfront; beehives, a weather station, the marine science center, a marsh boardwalk, a demonstration wildlife habitat, campfire areas, piers and open areas are also features of the site. Special training allows teachers to utilize the Initiative and Confidence Course or Lady Echo, a 25-foot research vessel. Arlington Echo has six heated cabins which can house approximately 120 students and adults. A full kitchen and dining hall support residential programs of up to four nights. Some day programs are also available.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
This museum features nine exhibit buildings on 18 waterfront acres in scenic St. Michaels, in addition to the 1879 Hooper Strait lighthouse, skipjack Rosie Parks, a working boatyard, and an interactive waterman's shanty. Events include festivals, engaging special exhibitions, hands-on boatbuilding classes, and outdoor summer concerts.

Horn Point Environmental Education Center
The Horn Point Environmental Education Center in Cambridge, MD, has several field activities for students including aquatics, astronomy, canoeing, water safety, conservation projects, field studies, and more. Out of state groups can take advantage of the facilities' dormitories.

Living Classrooms Foundation Experiental Day Programs
The Living Classrooms Foundation has an extensive listing of programs ranging from oyster restoration to seaport education and shipboard programs. Click on programs then day & multi-day for a complete listing of activities.

Anacostia Watershed Society Programs
The Anacostia Watershed Society can provide you and/or your group with a variety of education and restoration programs & events including: in-class instruction, tree & emergent vegetation plantings, river cleanups, storm drain stenciling, river tours, and a host of other programs.

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
The Wildfowl Trust of North America operates the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, a 500 acre preserve surrounded by the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and comprised of several distinct habitats. Programs for teachers and students are offered.

Under the Sea
Under the Sea offers K-12 outreach programs about the Bay. This site has information on the
programs, as well as pictures of many of the bay inhabitants that are brought.


MAST-Maryland Association of Science Teachers

Maryland State Department of Educationsupports Maryland state content standards for science
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) exemplifies energetic leadership and innovative products and services to improve public education, library services, and rehabilitation services.Learn about standards, professional development, assessment, job opportunities, and certification here.

Maryland State Department of Education-Environmental Educationsupports Maryland state content standards for science
The purpose of Maryland's Environmental Education program is to enable students to make decisions and take actions that create and maintain an optimal relationship between themselves and the environment, and to preserve and protect the unique natural resources of Maryland, particularly those of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.

MAEOE-Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
MAEOE's mission is to encourage, train, and support Maryland educators to build a citizenry that understands and is responsibly engaged in promoting sustainability, addressing human needs and conserving the Earth's natural resources.

Environmental Science Education Partnership
The ESEP offers exciting and innovative education and outreach programs and products that build directly on science research at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) and Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG). Through the ESEP, teachers, students and local citizens work side-by-side with scientists, explore authentic scientific datasets, and learn state-of-the-art research tools and techniques.

CBL-K12 Education
Chesapeake Biological Lab assists K-12 teachers in integrating results of University-based research in the marine sciences into their existing curricula through graduate courses, professional development workshops and various educational resources through the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program.

Maryland Environmental Education Class Room Projects
This page from the Maryland Department of Education describes various classroom projects available throughout the state.

Green School Awards Program
(Click on Green School Program on left side) The Governor's Green School Awards Program celebrates Maryland's model environmental education efforts which combine classroom studies with the use of best management practices at schools and involve the community. These are noncompetitive awards to recognize and celebrate the achievement of schools meeting strict environmental education criteria.

Baltimore Ecosystem Study
The Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) aims to understand metropolitan Baltimore as an ecological system. The program brings together researchers from the biological, physical, and social sciences to collect new data and synthesize existing information on how both the ecological and engineered systems of Baltimore work.

SEARCH-Solomons Environmental & Archaeological Research Consortium
Click on Search Education Program for information about their field-oriented course that utilizes the combined professional expertise and resources of the Solomons Environmental and Archaeological Research Consortium (SEARCH) institutions to introduce 15 Maryland public and private school educators to the historical ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.


Maryland Sea Grant
The Maryland Sea Grant College supports innovative marine research and education, with a special focus on the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
For today and tomorrow the Department of Natural Resources inspires people to enjoy and live in harmony with their environment, and to protect what makes Maryland unique -- our treasured Chesapeake Bay, our diverse landscapes and our living and natural resources.

Center for Environmental Science/University of Maryland
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is one of 13 constituent institutions of the University System of Maryland. The Center's programs are carried out at three laboratories located across the state: the Appalachian Laboratory in western Maryland, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, in southern Maryland and the Horn Point Laboratory on the Delmarva Peninsula. UMCES is also responsible for the administration of the Maryland Sea Grant College program. While the Centerís research and science application activities emphasize the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed, its reach extends nationally and world-wide to distant seas and lands.

  • Appalachian Laboratory

  • Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

  • Horn Point Laboratory

    Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies at Institute of Global Environment and Society (COLA)
    COLA is dedicated to understanding climate fluctuations on seasonal, interannual, and decadal scales, with special emphasis on the interactions between Earth's atmosphere, oceans, and land surfaces.

    National Aquarium in Baltimore
    The National Aquarium in Baltimore seeks to stimulate interest in, develop knowledge about, and inspire stewardship of aquatic environments. Professional development and student programs are available.

    National Ocean Service (NOS)
    If you are interested in the nationís oceans, coasts, and marine navigation, you have come to the right place. NOS measures and predicts coastal and ocean phenomena, protects large areas of the oceans, works to ensure safe navigation, and serves the American public in many other ways.

    Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division
    The Carderock Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWCCD) is the Navy's center of excellence for ships and ship systems.



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