A student displays a striped blenny caught in the group's seining net. Photo by CBF StaffA student displays a striped blenny caught in the group's seining net. Photo by CBF Staff

Philip Merrill Environmental Center

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This program makes use of an exceptional location between the shores of the Bay, the woods of Bay Ridge, the tidal marsh of Black Walnut Creek, and the local fields of tall native grasses. While experiencing the natural surroundings, students will survey the flora and fauna that make up an ecosystem’s biodiversity. The Merrill Center building itself is a model of ‘green’ architecture and has won a Platinum Award from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is an exemplar of the minimal impact that even large-capacity office buildings can have on the environment.

Program Capacity: One or two groups of 30 each (students and chaperones) for a total of 30 or 60 people.  The land-based program may be combined with a boat program to accommodate large groups (subject to availability).  Grade 4 - Adult.

Chesapeake Ecology & Sustainable Building Design.  For high school, AP, and college-level students.

Pre- and Post-Field Experience Activities

Bring the watershed to life as you engage your students with curriculum-based investigations before and after a field experience with CBF!  All links below are for websites or Adobe pdf documents available to download.


Pre

Elementary School - Watershed Address 

Middle School - When Rain Hits the Land

High School - National Geographic's FieldScope 

Post

Elementary School - What's In Your Lunch?

Middle School - Thinnk!  What's Under Your Sink

High School - Student Wave action projects

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