Find a Teaching Resource

Learn some creative ways to integrate the Chesapeake Bay and environmental issues into your classroom lessons. Search through the Bay Backpack's books, multimedia, curriculum guides, individual lesson plans and online data sources about the subjects you are teaching in class.

Check back often for new and innovative resources to help you teach environmental topics.


Get Out In The Field

Get your students' feet wet and hands dirty. Use the Bay Backpack to find a place to take your students on a field trip to learn about the Chesapeake Bay and its streams and rivers.

Search our database of field studies to find a location near you, or read our blog entries about field studies taking place at schools throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.


Learn Something New

Prepare yourself to teach about the Chesapeake Bay and environmental issues, from climate change to water pollution.

Use the Bay Backpack training calendar to find an upcoming training opportunity near you.


Apply for a Grant

Looking for funds to build a schoolyard habitat or provide your students with a field study? The Bay Backpack includes lists of grant opportunities so you can find the right grant program for you.

Before you apply, check out our grant writing tips to learn how you can strengthen your proposal.

Now Accepting Applications for the Chesapeake Bay Trust Environmental Education Grant Program

August 26, 2014 by Julie Walker

The Trust seeks to increase environmental stewardship through environmental education by providing grants that build and expand pre-K through 12 environmental education programs and increase student access to programs that provide meaningful outdoor learning experiences. These projects can range from outdoor field experiences with students, to rain garden planting, to the installation of living shorelines. Apply Today for a Environmental Education Grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust! [Read more]

Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands

August 18, 2014 by Julie Walker

Looking for a free resource to teach about our national bird and native Chesapeake resident? Then check out a new free Classroom Study Guide that accompany the PBS documentary, Return Flight: Restoring the Bald Eagle to the Channel Islands.The documentary follows the plight of Bald Eagles in Southern California from hunting to persecution to DDT contamination. [Read more]

National Science Teachers Association- New Science Teacher Academy

August 05, 2014 by Julie Walker

Are you a new science teacher? Would you benifit from a mentor? Free resources, and professional development opportunities? Then apply to become a fellow with the National Science Teachers Association's new Science Teacher Academy! [Read more]

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to Honor Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees

July 21, 2014 by Julie Walker

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots, and Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce Mark Schaefer will honor the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools and District Sustainability Awardees at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, July 22, at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. Tune into the livestream feed and celebrate the great achievement of our newest Green Ribbon Schools! [Read more]