Muddy hands and feet. Interesting conversations. Making a difference. That’s what education and science on the Chesapeake Bay are all about!
The Chesapeake Bay is home to some of the world’s premier science and educational institutions. From the Smithsonian Institution and world-class universities to national parks and wildlife refuges, scientists and researchers flock to the Chesapeake to study its land and waters.
But you don’t have to be a scientist to discover this fascinating world.
Attend an interesting lecture at a museum, where leading researchers speak about the Chesapeake’s history, ecology, and restoration.
Get involved with the restoration effort yourself by volunteering to plant trees, marsh grasses, and rain gardens.
Do you have children? They’ll make lifelong memories on the Chesapeake at a camp, field trip, or after school program. Or if you’re a teacher, find a great outdoor field trip that your students will love.
No matter where your interests lie, you can explore the Chesapeake’s past, present, and future through education and science. Find a great learning opportunity at one of the places and events below.
Learn how to weave baskets from the needles of the longleaf pine, a tree once common in Virginia and long prized for its utility in shipbuilding.Newport News, VA
Learn what plants are beneficial to the native wildlife of Maryland, and learn how to identify plants that are considered invasive.Gaithersburg, MD
Learn about your native watershed through an educational journey with local professionals.Havre de Grace, MD
Help pull our 20-foot-wide sampling net to catch fish, crabs, and other critters from the Chester River aboard the 1768 schooner Sultana.Chestertown, MD
Join a ranger and learn the basics of using a hand-held GPS to navigate to several geocaches placed especially for this program.Bentonville, VA
This Chesapeake Bay Foundation event is for all new oyster gardeners to get the supplies and training necessary to grow their own oystersEaston, MD
Learn about the facts and dispel the myths that have surrounded bats for centuries.Farmville, VA
Plants, animals, oceans, or planets—no matter what your nature IQ, the goal is to have fun and learn some cool nature facts. Easton, MDEaston, MD
A free workshop for landowners and those who work with them to enhance and protect the value of open space.Easton, MD
The Virginia Living Museum offers homeschool students grades K through 12 a morning of fun and engaging programs that highlight important natural and space science concepts.Newport News, VA
Learn about plant communication and its implications to agriculture at this Stratford Hall workshop.Stratford, VA
These free, guided boat tours launch from a variety of locations up and down the Anacostia River, and are funded by the District’s disposable bag fee., DC
The Shenandoah Astronomical Society will set up their huge telescopes and find interesting things for you to observe.Bentonville, VA
During this field outing, REI guides will teach you how to read contour lines, landmarks and other map features.Marriottsville, MD
Learn about the ecology of meadows with Adkins Arboretum’s science advisor, Sylvan Kaufman.Ridgely, MD
The story of urban trees and the Americans who have passionately promoted the greening of our cities. Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MDRidgely, MD
This Chesapeake Bay Foundation event is for all new oyster gardeners to get the supplies and training necessary to grow their own oystersAnnapolis, MD
Celebrate the wonderful lives of butterflies with special exhibits, live butterflies, crafts and games.Newport News, VA
Learn about research and restoration efforts while taking a hayride through the Meadowview, VA orchard or listening to talks on genomics selection methods.Meadowview, VA
This Soldiers Delight indoor program will feature activities, and learn other fun facts!Owings Mills, MD