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spacer Washington DC flagWelcome to the Washington D.C. State Room! Here you will find selected District of Columbia resources regarding the Chesapeake Bay. If you are looking for student opportunities in D.C., a nearby field trip destination, or a local research institution, just click on one of the topics below.



The Capitol and the Bay Page
The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, ca. 1600-1925 comprises 139 books selected from the Library of Congress's General Collections and two books from its Rare Book and Special Collections Division. The collection includes first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures, and books of photographs that capture in words and pictures a distinctive region as it developed between the onset of European settlement and the first quarter of the twentieth century.


Attention Young Artists: What Does the Potomac River Look Like to You?
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the Interstate Commission for the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) need help from aspiring young artists to show others what the Potomac River means to them through the 2004 Potomac River Sojourn Youth Art Contest. The winning entry will be featured as the logo for the 2004 Potomac River Sojourn and earn the winner and one family member a free week-long trip on the Sojourn. The art contest is open to all elementary, middle and high school students and submissions must be postmarked by May 7, 2004.

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.

Bridging the Watershed
Bridging the Watershed (BTW) is a public/private partnership, established for the Washington metropolitan area in March 1998. In this program high school students are given opportunities to study real-world science in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area national parks.

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.

Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Education Center
Hard Bargain Farm is a 330-acre working farm with facilities for meetings and conferences, as well as field trips. A variety of day and overnight educational field trips are offered which provide K-12 children with an oppportunity to learn about farm life and the history of the Potomac River and its natural environment.

National Capital Region Parks Page
The National Capital Region, headquartered in Washington, DC, administers the National Mall and monumental core parks that were established the same time the Nation's Capital was founded in 1792.

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.


D.C. Environmental Health Administration-Environmental Education
Through its environmental education and outreach staff, the Nonpoint Source Management Branch of the Watershed Protection Division (WPD) educates young people about the environment, while seeking to promote in them a stewardship ethic. Providing a wide range of conservation education opportunities and environmental activities, WPD targets the youth to help them make informed decisions and take responsible action regarding pollution prevention and the conservation of our soil and water resources.

District of Columbia Public Schools Pagesupports DC public schools curriculum
Learn about curriculum, policies, grants, and professional development opportunities.


Anacostia Watershed Society
The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is a local, 501(c)(3) non-profit environmental organization that is working to protect and restore the Anacostia River and its watershed. AWS seeks to fulfill its mandate of a swimmable and fishable river through its programs of education, action and advocacy.The Anacostia Watershed Society can provide you and/or your group with a variety of different education and restoration events including: tree plantings, river cleanups, storm drain stenciling and river tours.

Naval Research Lab
NRL is the corporate research laboratory for the Navy and Marine Corps and conducts a broad program of scientific research, technology and advanced development.



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