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.

Share Fair and STEMosphere is coming to Bridgewater, VA

October 24, 2014 by Julie Walker

Share Fair provides an opportunity for educators, students, and the community to come together with the leaders in K-12 innovation to experience hands-on, mind-on education methods helping to transform education and propel schools across the country toward the best 21st Century learning opportunities. [Read more]

"Why Do We Explore?" - Professional Development Opportunity

October 21, 2014 by Julie Walker

Learn how to use standards- based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom inquires into important reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health, and Human Health @ Why Do We Explore? - Professional Development Opportunity for Educators of Grades 5-12, Sat. Nov. 15th, 2014 8:00-4:00 @ National Aquarium in Baltimore [Read more]

Don't just give them an apple, give them an award: Nominate a teacher today

October 20, 2014 by Kristin

Every year the Trust, a non-profit grantmaking organization dedicated to environmental education and restoration work, recognizes two students and one teacher from Maryland who have shown a strong commitment to their local environment and the Chesapeake Bay. The winning students are honored with a $5,000 college scholarship and the winning teacher will be given a $2,500 grant award to support environmental education through the Trust. The winners will be formally announced at the Trust's Legislative Reception at the Maryland State House in January 2015. Applicants can be self-nominated or nominated by individuals who are not family members and the deadline to apply is December 5, 2014 at 5:00 pm. [Read more]

Requests for Proposals- MAEOE 2015 Conference

September 09, 2014 by Julie Walker

Thinking about submitting a proposal for the MAEOE conference but haven't done it yet? Did you just realize you have a great idea for a presentation at the 2015 conference? Did you recently attend a training that you think would be a perfect fit for the conference and want to share what you learned? Don't fret there is still time!The deadline to submit proposals is Monday 9/15/2014 [Read more]