Students aboard CBF's skipjack Stanley Norman. Photo by Loren Appel/CBF Staff.
For 40 years, CBF's award-winning environmental education program has been one of the cornerstones of our effort to reverse the Bay's decline.
Our acclaimed programs include:
Field Experiences—We take students out on the Bay and its tributaries for hands-on investigation. (See a field experience in action.)
Teacher Professional Development—"Chesapeake Classrooms" focuses on methods to incorporate environmental education into the core subject areas of reading, math, science, and social studies.
Principals Environmental Leadership Program —Activities, classroom curricula, and advanced water quality monitoring materials.
Student Leadership—"Student Wave" initiative for high school students, with action projects, ways to share accomplishments, summer environmental leadership courses, and other opportunities.
Resources—Activities, classroom curricula, and advanced water quality monitoring materials.
Meaningful Watershed Experiences
All programs are designed to support state standards of education and are based from the official definition for a "meaningful watershed education experience" (PDF, 0.9 MB) as defined by the Chesapeake Bay Program. Programs are supported and created in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and the National Geographic Society.
Opportunities include exploration of local wetlands by canoe or a day aboard a historic, 100-year-old skipjack, our traditional watermen workboats, or modern research vessels. In the heart of the Chesapeake, our island centers provide a unique insight into how the livelihoods of watermen are connected to the Bay, offering participants the opportunity to interact with surrounding 300-year-old fishing communities. Learn more about our education staff.
CBF's environmental education opportunities link the natural environment and human culture of the Chesapeake. They enable students and teachers to conduct their own research through biological sampling, chemical analysis, and physical measurements. In addition to using critical thinking skills to evaluate the health of the ecological system, participants also gain a unique perspective in the relationship between water quality, fisheries, and economics. Our courses combine many academic disciplines, such as earth science, biology, history, art, English/writing, math, chemistry, civics, economics, government, and responsible citizenship. (See what students and teachers have to say.)
Innovative teaching methods and a knowledgeable, enthusiastic staff have put CBF at the vanguard of the environmental education movement. The result is an exceptionally informed and inspired constituency that values the Bay and its watershed as a living, connected system. Read what people are saying out our education programs.
Washington-Lee High School Students Explore the Bay with CBF
What is it like to go on a CBF education field experience? The Arlington Educational Television Department featured a student field experience on its weekly cable show, "Green Scene." See what we do and hear students, teachers, and CBF educators talk about the program.
Green Scene is filmed and produced by the Arlington Educational Television Department (AETV) in cooperation with the Arlington Public Schools Department of School and Community Relations.