An old tobacco barn serves as classroom at Clagett Farm, while students learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Photo by Jo Shallcross/CBF StaffStudents learn about the watershed during a field experience at CBF's Clagett Farm. Photo by Jo Shallcross/CBF Staff

Clagett Farm Education Program

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CBF's roughly 300-acre organic working farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, provides a land-based program that fosters in-depth discussions about agriculture's impact on the watershed. Exploring the farm by foot and hay wagon, or canoeing on the nearby Patuxent River, students gain true awareness of environmental issues, to sharpen critical thinking skills, and to practice problem solving. Student action projects may be available. This meaningful watershed experience can be tailored to engage students in fourth through twelfth grade, as well as adults.

Program accommodates up to 23 if canoeing (grades 6 and above) and 30 if land-based (grades 4 and above).

NEW FOR SPRING 2016! Calling all high school teachers! Our Clagett Farm Education Program is offering a new program in Chesapeake Ecology and Sustainable Agriculture, designed specifically to address high school NGSS concepts and to provide field studies to complement AP Science classes. Learn more about it here.

DC Greens "DC Farm to School Approved" stamp of approvalCBF's Clagett Farm Program has the
DC Farm to School Stamp of Approval

DC Greens encourages teachers in Washington, D.C. to engage their students in farm-based learning. To aid in their search for programs that provide a rich educational experience they have developed an assessment tool—the DC Farm to School Stamp of Approval. This stamp has been given to F2S field program sites that:

  • actively engage students in hands-on learning (planting, harvesting, tasting, smelling);
  • expose students to a wide variety of plant and animal species;
  • serve as an extension of the classroom, rooted in educational standards;
  • and draw the connection between plants on the farm and food on our plates.
Watch DC Greens' video introduction to Clagett Farm



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.


Elementary School - Watershed Address 

Middle School - When Rain Hits the Land

High School - Data in the Classroom from the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System


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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