People & the Environment

It’s important for students to understand that humans influence the natural world that sustains us. Learning more about the people who have historically lived in the Chesapeake Bay watershed can give context for the health of the bay today.

Multiple subjects, like science, english, and social studies, can support students in investigating the history and traditions of the Chesapeake Bay. Museums, historical societies, and municipalities can provide venues and resources for deeper investigations in addition to connecting your students with local experts and varied perspectives. Investigations can include how local communities have impacted or been impacted by the health of the watershed. Action projects following these investigations could serve as a student’s first introduction to civic engagement.

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