Field Studies

Field studies coupled with classroom activities are an integral part of Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences. Find a field study program that gets your students' feet wet and hands dirty.

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Oystering Tour

In this hands-on program, students explore the history of the ‘greatest oyster factory on Earth’, the Chesapeake Bay, and how the oyster shaped the culture, industry, and environment of the Bay and its people. Students will get to learn about an historical Bay where oysters lay ‘thick as stones’ through maps, activities, and giant oyster shells, hear the tales of the Oyster Wars and an ‘oyster gold rush’ in the cabin of a skipjack, and investigate close-up an oyster nurseries’ crabs, fish, and baby mollusks.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Location: 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures, Restoration
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: oyster, culture and watermen, restoration
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Ecology Cruise

In this ecology-based program, students learn about the diverse animals, plants, and environment of the Chesapeake through hands-on activities onboard the Mister Jim, our replica buy boat. Students explore the Bay watershed from large to small, starting with maps of the Chesapeake’s waterways and populations, moving to water quality testing, dredging for oysters, and finishing by examining the animals and organisms that call an oyster reef home.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Location: 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: oyster, blue crab, culture and watermen, habitat and niche, wildlife, fish
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Chesapeake Bay Discovery Tour

Explore the rich heritage of the people who have made the shores of the Chesapeake Bay their home. Learn how this estuary has attracted a diverse population, shaping the lives of early Native Americans to current residents and find out why the Chesapeake Bay plays an important role in our nation's story. On this tour walk through a lighthouse that's over 125 years old, pick up a working decoy, encounter hunting skiffs, stand on a recreated tobacco wharf and much more.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Location: 213 N. Talbot Street St. Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: land use, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American
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Stanley Norman Skipjack Program in St. Michaels

The Stanley Norman, one of the last of the Chesapeake's famous fleet of skipjacks, provides an authentic setting to study the Bay's resources. Originally built in 1902, the Stanley Norman is an unforgettable venue for participants to dredge for oysters, test water quality, and imagine what it was like to work on a 65 wooden sailing vessel. CBF instructors utilize activities to deepen participants’ understanding of local ecosystems and give relevance and depth to the classroom curriculum. Our goal is to actively engage students and promote higher order thinking skills by learning through active experience.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Location: 213 North Talbot St. St. Michaels, MD 21663 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, pollution, land use, oyster, blue crab, culture and watermen, habitat and niche, water quality, water testing
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Lighthouses on the Bay

Lighthouses are embedded in our nation’s history as being critical to both the security and the economy of our fledgling nation. The museum has two lighthouses – the Drum Point Lighthouse built in 1883, and the Cove Point Lighthouse built in 1828. Students will investigate the different types of lighthouses built around the bay, and why they were built in specific locations. They will also learn about the Fresnel lens and how it dramatically improved the lighthouse technology of the day. A visit into the fully furnished Drum Point Lighthouse allows them to see what a keeper’s life was like. Accessibility to the lighthouse interior is limited; a video tape discussing the lighthouse is available.

Organization(s): Calvert Marine Museum
Location: 14200 Solomons Island Rd Solomons, MD 20688 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, culture and watermen
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All About Boats

This hands-on workshop engages students in learning the basic components of how all boats work: hull/shape, paddle/control, and sail/propulsion. They will do experiments to understand these elements, try their hand at operating a radio controlled model boat in the basin, weather permitting, and figure out why some boats float better than others. To prepare for this test, the “old salts” (members of the museum’s Small Craft Guild) will explain the fundamentals of boatbuilding, what the various boats were used for, and the many trades involved in a thriving boat building community.

Organization(s): Calvert Marine Museum
Location: 14200 Solomons Island Rd Solomons, MD 20688 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, culture and watermen
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Distance Learning Programs

If you can't come to the museum, we can come to you through our Distance Learning Programs. We are very excited to offer these programs to people in our region, across the country and around the globe.

Organization(s): Calvert Marine Museum
Location: 14200 Solomons Island Rd Solomons, MD 20688 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: pollution, wetland, land use, watershed, culture and watermen, ecosystem and biomes, erosion, forest, habitat and niche, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, sediment, soil and rocks, wildlife, fish, economics
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Maritime Explorations

The Maritime Explorations program is offered as a 1 1/2-hour, 2 1/2 hour, and a four-hour experience for a fee. In all of the Maritime Explorations programs private schools participate in activities focused on the maritime heritage and ecology of the Bay. During the 2 1/2 hour program, students also visit with a local waterman, who brings his workboat to the docks of the Museum. The four-hour course offers land-based activities, a boat ride on a Watermark Cruise vessel, and a visit with the waterman. Schools are provided with pre-programming materials and a pre- and post-test assessment.

Organization(s): Annapolis Maritime Museum
Location: 723 2nd St Annapolis, MD 21403 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, culture and watermen, ecosystem and biomes
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Bay Bound, an Annapolis Community Outreach program

The Museum offers a one-to-two hour outreach educational opportunity to community groups from the Annapolis area. Groups visit the Museum, take a guided tour of the exhibit “Oyster On The Half Shell,” and participate in land-based activities focused on the maritime heritage and ecology of the Bay. The Museum staff are also available to visit schools and community groups to provide one-to-two hours of programming.

Organization(s): Annapolis Maritime Museum
Location: 723 2nd St Annapolis, MD 21403 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: oyster, culture and watermen
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The Chesapeake Trades

Chesapeake Trades includes one day of pre-programming in the school where Museum staff lead the students through NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Build A Buoy (BAB) Activity using the scientific method. Then the 8th graders spend a full day outside the school on a field trip during which they visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum to learn about Maryland’s oyster industry and business through hands-on activities at the McNasby Oyster Company, visit with a waterman and participate in an oyster dissection. The students also tour Port Annapolis Marina (a Green Business and Green Marina) to meet professionals whose careers are directly influenced by the Chesapeake Bay, take a one-hour boat ride and participate in a stormwater run-off model demonstration and an environmentally focused community service project at the Back Creek Nature Park. The 8th grade students are assessed on the level of their knowledge about maritime heritage and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay through pre- and post-tests. The 8th grade teachers are provided with curriculum to support pre- and post-teaching in the classrooms. The teachers and students receive evaluations to assess their experience with the program.

Organization(s): Annapolis Maritime Museum
Location: 723 2nd St Annapolis, MD 21403 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
Level(s): Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: watershed, oyster, culture and watermen, ecosystem and biomes
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A Maritime Nation Program

The United States has always been a maritime nation. This 90-minute, hands-on program explores the ongoing relationship between our citizens and our waterways. Students explore historic maritime trades and cultures, the life of sailors, and traditional methods of working the water.

Organization(s): The Watermen's Museum
Location: 309 Water Street Yorktown, VA 23690 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: culture and watermen
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Catch of the Day Program

designed to address Virginia's Standards of Learning for Kindergarten through third graders. Every year, over 1,500 students from our region participate. Each classroom involved receives a pre/post visit activity book to help teachers prepare and reinforce the lessons learned in the program. Once they arrive for their Museum visit, students see and touch live oysters, clams and crabs; learn to identify and sort shellfish by type; tong for oysters; and hear about the methods used locally to gather seafood, from those used by the region's Native Americans to the ones used today. Each student participating receives a take-home activity bag and coupons to return free with family members.

Organization(s): The Watermen's Museum
Location: 309 Water Street Yorktown, VA 23690 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: watershed, oyster, blue crab, culture and watermen, habitat and niche, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, restoration, water quality, water testing
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Historical Program

Take your students on a journey through ideas and events of the past. Students will discover the fascinating world of the Gilded Age, both the lives of the new millionaire class in America and the lives of the working class in a period of dramatic economic, social and technological change.

Organization(s): Maymont
Location: 1700 Hampton Street Richmond, VA 23220 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times
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Reading the Signs Program

Reading the Signs provides students with a look at the archaeology in the Chesapeake Bay area from the perspective of examining change through biological specimens uncovered during excavation. Working with charcoal specimens and oyster shells, students will learn to see a linear progression from what the Bay was like 400 years ago to what is here today and what may be here in the future.

Organization(s): Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Location: 3200 King's Landing Road Huntington, MD 20639 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: land use, development, culture and watermen, erosion, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, sediment, soil and rocks, economics
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Colonial Lifeways Program

The Europeans that settled in the Chesapeake Bay region during the 17th century had to learn many new skills to survive. Explore how 17th century Maryland colonists adapted to their new home. Students begin by examining historical drawings, artifacts, and replicas. In addition they will grind corn using a wooden mortar and pestle, learn how to start a fire using flint and steel, and make a cedar shingle using a beadle and froe.

Organization(s): Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Location: 3200 King's Landing Road Huntington, MD 20639 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Early Learning, Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: land use, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American
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Discovering Archaeology Program

Experience how archaeology helps unravel the mysteries of the past in this interactive learning program. Students will visit a mock archeological site to discover artifacts and our recreated Indian Village to learn what they can tell us about Maryland’s early inhabitants.

Organization(s): Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Location: 3200 King's Landing Road Huntington, MD 20639 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American, sediment, soil and rocks
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Tidewater Lifeways Program

European colonists and American Indians lived side by side in 17th century Maryland. Explore how each culture used the natural resources of the rich woodland environment as you grind corn with a mortar and pestle, make a clay pot and try to strike a spark the 17th century way.

Organization(s): Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
Location: 3200 King's Landing Road Huntington, MD 20639 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times, Native American
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Baltimore to the Bay Program

Baltimore to the Bay is a one-day combination boat and canoe program that will accommodate groups of 26 to 52 people. Students will explore the mouths of the Back and Middle Rivers, learning of their connection to the Bay. Through combined use of canoes and workboat, students discover the complex relationship between land and water.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Location: 501 E. Pratt St. Baltimore, MD 21202 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, pollution, culture and watermen, water quality, water testing
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Stanley Norman Skipjack Program in Annapolis

The Stanley Norman, one of the last of the Chesapeake's famous fleet of skipjacks, provides an authentic setting to study the Bay's resources. Originally built in 1902, the Stanley Norman is an unforgettable venue for participants to dredge for oysters, test water quality, and imagine what it was like to work on a 65 wooden sailing vessel. Programs run out of Annapolis. CBF instructors utilize on-board activities to deepen participants’ understanding of local ecosystems and give relevance and depth to the classroom curriculum. Our goal is to actively engage students and promote higher order thinking skills by learning through active experience.

Organization(s): Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Location: City Dock, Randall Street Annapolis, MD 21401 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures, Land Use and Agriculture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, pollution, land use, oyster, blue crab, culture and watermen, habitat and niche, water quality, water testing
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Fisheries Management Program

Cruise on the Choptank River and Chesapeake Bay to explore how fish are caught for food and test the water quality and find out why it is important to their health.

Organization(s): Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
Location: 21604 Chicken Point Road Tilghman, MD 21671 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture, Pollution and Pressures
Level(s): Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, pollution, culture and watermen, water quality, water testing, fish
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Spatuti - Oyster Education Program

Take a ride on the Skipjack Rebecca to learn about the oyster and what an oyster bar looks like by dredging some up with Captain Wade Murphy. Learn about what oysters eat and how they filter water. Then conduct an oyster experiment to learn how oysters filter the water in the bay and make it cleaner.

Organization(s): Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
Location: 21604 Chicken Point Road Tilghman, MD 21671 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, oyster, culture and watermen, water quality
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Crab's Life Program

Try your hand at catching crabs with a Trot Line. Find out where crabs come from. Dress up like a waterman and see what he does to protect himself from the harsh elements, in our White Boot Relay Race. Take a 1-hour cruise out on the waters of the Choptank River and the Chesapeake Bay and watch waterman harvesting the bounty of the Bay.

Organization(s): Phillips Wharf Environmental Center
Location: 21604 Chicken Point Road Tilghman, MD 21671 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, blue crab, culture and watermen
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Center Tour and River Cruise

The Delmarva Discovery Center is a cultural and natural heritage center located next to the Pocomoke River and is open to visitors of all ages. Visit the Delmarva Discovery Center's exhibits and take a guided cruise on the Pocomoke River with the Bay Queen. The exhibits include Native American culture, river ecology, an aquarium, touch tanks, early trade, the Steamship era, shipbuilding, market hunting, the history of commercial fishing on the bay, decoy carving and sailing.

Organization(s): Delmarva Discovery Center
Location: 2 Market Street Pocomoke City, DC 21851 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: boats, canoes and kayaks, watershed, culture and watermen, ecosystem and biomes, habitat and niche, Native American, wildlife
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Kings Landing Park School Programs

Along the shore of the Patuxent River, King's Landing Park has a history stretching back to Captain John Smith's exploration and earlier. Exhibits teach students about the significance of the Patuxent River and the abundant wildlife that depend on it. Hiking trails allow your students to explore the woods and marsh.

Organization(s): Calvert County Parks
Location: Kings Landing Road Huntingtown, MD 20639 (Map It)
Theme(s): Habitats and Critters, History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School, High School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: wetland, culture and watermen, forest, habitat and niche, John Smith and colonial times, wildlife
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Von Gras zu Milch (From Grass to Milk) Program

Students will learn how settlers made and used butter and other dairy goods to supply an important part of their diet. Through storytelling and first person interpretation, students meet Nancy Royer, a young woman who lived on this farm in the early 1800s. Nancy helps students step back in time as she questions their strange clothes and travel methods. Students visit the Royer milkhouse, churn cream into butter, and make samples to take home. Instructors dressed in period clothing help students compare and contrast life in the 1800s with modern life today.

Organization(s): Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Science
Location: 1010 East Main Street Waynesboro, PA 17268 (Map It)
Theme(s): History and Culture
Level(s): Elementary School, Middle School
Program Length(s): Day Trips
Keywords: land use, agriculture, culture and watermen, John Smith and colonial times
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