Three students check out a crab during a CBF field experience. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF StaffPhoto by Bill Portlock/CBF Staff

Critical Actions for Educating Future Leaders

Virginia's Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint calls for reducing Bay pollution 60 percent by 2017. Following is one of five critical actions Virginia's next governor and other elected leaders need to take to ensure success.

5. Ensure Virginia students, our next generation of leaders, are environmentally literate.

The future protection of Virginia's natural resources depends upon the next generation of Virginians. Environmental education increases student engagement in science and other subjects. It also provides students the knowledge and skills to become informed and responsible stewards and succeed in a 21st century workforce. Virginia must ensure today's students are prepared to address the complex environmental challenges they will face as future citizens, parents, voters, and leaders.

Education Partnership

Teachers test water samples during a CBF education program. Photo by CBF StaffThrough a unique public/private partnership, the Virginia Beach City Public Schools system has a systemic environmental literacy program with CBF that could be a model for school systems across the Bay region—and the country. Learn more

Environmental Literacy

Students learn about blue crabs upclose and personal. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF Staff.Can environmental education become an effective part of the curriculum? Maryland thinks so, and is the first state to require environmental literacy for high school graduation. Learn more


For more than 30 years, CBF's award-winning environmental education program has been one of the cornerstones of our effort to reverse the Bay's decline.
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