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Stewardship and Meaningful Watershed Experiences
This set of criteria from the Chesapeake Bay Program Education Workgroup will help you to determine the components of a "meaningful watershed experience" and inspire students to be lifelong stewards of the Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Bay Game
Maryland DNR guides students on a virtual field trip to various sites from the Bridge tunnel to the beach. Includes natural history and conservation information in addition to several links.

Visit the Bay
This Chesapeake Bay Program page covers places of interest (parks, museums, Bay Gateway sites), public access sites, and weather links throughout the Bay watershed.

Bay Gateways Network
The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network connects you with the Bay's special places through a system of parks, refuges, museums, historic communities, and water trails. Managed by many different partners, these sites each tell a part of the Bay story. Together, as the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, they provide a way for experiencing and understanding the Bay as a whole. Learn more about the network and a Gateways site near you.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Field Trips
This education program has conducted field trips for students, teachers, and other adults since 1972. Today, more than 36,000 people participate in CBF's environmental education programs annually in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay-Bay and River Sojourns
Since 1990, the Alliance has worked with local river conservation organizations across the Bay watershed to hold week-long paddling and camping trips that celebrate rich history and ecology of the rivers that make the Chesapeake Bay unique.

Echo Hill Outdoor School
Echo Hill Outdoor School offers a wide array of engaging classes and programs during every season of the year. Residential outdoor education programs, adventure programs, day programs, Chesapeake Heritage Initiative programs, and summer explore trips are available for a variety of grade levels.

Bay Trippers- An Online Field Trip to the Chesapeake Bay
This site offers a unique way to explore the bay's past, present, and future. Come for a virtual sail and discover the wonders of the Chesapeake. See why the watershed is a vital resource for the people, plants, and animals who live in and around it. Learn how your actions affect the bay ecosystem and investigate ways you and your family can promote its health.



Delaware, Maryland Beach State Parks

Delaware State Parks Greenways & Trails


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.

National Aquarium in Baltimore Traveling Programs
The Aquarium's Outreach Traveling Program comes to your school. All programs are age/grade appropriate and support Maryland Content Standards. Bay topics include "Bay on the Road", Grades 4 - 6 and "Chesapeake Bay Explorations", Grades 4 - 8.

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

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.

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.


Virginia Field Trip Sites for Marine and Aquatic Education

Virginia Naturally: MWEE (Meaningful Watershed Education Experience) Field Study Locations
Sites with Meaningful Watershed Education Experience programs and field investigation areas in Virginia.

Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve School Programs
CBNERRVA staff provide in-school and field trip programs for a variety of groups in the Tidewater area, including local school (4-12), college level and civic groups.

Mattaponi Canoe & Kayak Environmental Education
Mattaponi Canoe & Kayak is pleased to provide water-based environmental education opportunities, both for old and young alike. Topics range from water quality testing and river ecology to the rich Colonial and Native American history found in our region.

Washington D.C.

National Capital Region Parks Page

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.

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.



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