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.

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]

Ocean Guardian schools come to Charles County, MD

July 09, 2014 by Julie Walker

Congratulations to Piccowaxen MS and North Point HS of Charles County Maryland, for becoming two of the newest NOAA Ocean Guardian Schools! An Ocean Guardian school makes a commitment to the protection and conservation of its local watershed, the world's ocean, and special ocean areas, like National Marine Sanctuaries. [Read more]

Teachers on the Estuary, The Wonders of Wetlands and Project WET

June 30, 2014 by Julie Walker

Join the Narragansett Bay Research Reserve this summer on beautiful Prudence Island, for a full weekend of hands-on learning. Topics will include estuaries, climate change and water resources. Participants will engage in three different workshops: Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE), The Wonders of Wetlands (WOW!) and Project WET. [Read more]

Explore, Learn, Participate in a Marine Education Fellowship!

June 26, 2014 by Julie Walker

The application period for the 2015 Marine Education Fellowship is June 24th � September 15th, 2014.The Marine Education Fellowship is a program sponsered by Ecology Project International that brings a select group of educators into the field every year for 8 days of field-science education. The fellowship runs two programs on to Baja to study marine biodivsity, and the other goes Costa Rica to study leatherback sea turtles. [Read more]