Bays and Streams Education

Information for Educators

  • Eyes on the Bay

    Eyes on the Bay LogoEyes on the Bay is a comprehensive Web site that utilizes new monitoring technologies to provide a better picture of the health of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays and assess progress in meeting Chesapeake 2000 goals.  There is real-time data, including salinity, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, water clarity, algal levels and chlorophyll concentrations. This site also provides extensive, easy-to-understand background material to help the public understand why the data is relevant, how to interpret it, and what Maryland is doing to restore the health of the Bays and their tributaries.

  • Bay Grasses in Classes

    Bay Grasses In Classes LogoMaryland students from elementary, middle and high schools learn the importance of Chesapeake Bay grasses with help from the Department of Natural Resources. As part of the Bay Grasses in Classes program, students grow bay grasses in the classroom and transplant them to select areas in the Bay. The program provides teacher instruction, curricula and equipment.


  • T.E.A.M. Volunteer Program

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TEAM DNR is a volunteer initiative providing elementary school teachers with classroom-based presentations on Chesapeake Bay Issues. The program is designed to educate students about natural resource issues vital to the protection and restoration of the Bay, its tributaries and living resources. Each presentation is provided FREE of charge and is available to public and private schools around the state.  For more information about this exciting new program, call Chris Hintz at 410-260-8809 or email at


    power up logoAn activity guide for grades 4-8 which examines the issues of electric power generation in Maryland. This includes how and where electricity is produced, its transmission, environmental impacts and energy conservation at home and in school. Activities use a variety of teacher/learning strategies such as small group cooperative learning, individual tasks, reading, lab investigations, mapping and models. For more information please contact Cindy Etgen at 260-8710 or email at

  • Project WET

    Project WET LogoEstablished in 1990, WET (Water Education for Teachers) is an interdisciplinary water education program which targets educators and young people in grades K-12. The goal of Project WET is to facilitate and promote the awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and management of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom ready teaching aids. A trained network of teachers, resource professionals, and citizens organize and teach Project WET workshops throughout Maryland. By familiarizing educators with current water resource issues, Project WET ultimately reaches students by incorporating interesting activities, simulations, exhibits, and models into the classroom. For more information about Project WET, please contact Cindy Etgen at 410-260-8710 or

  • Aquatic Resources Education Conferences

    This program introduces educators to workshops and class projects related to aquatic resources. Regional mini-conferences are held during the school year to prepare educators for developing their own environmentally sound projects with their students. Educators are also taught how to write grant proposals for an ARE grant and for the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Past workshops have included schoolyard habitat projects, Wonder of Wetlands, Be Part of Something Big!, and a yellow perch project. For more information, or a grant application, please contact Cindy Etgen at 410-260-8710 or

  • Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland

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    This Reserve is one of 22 Reserves in 17 states established to protect estuarine areas as natural field laboratories for research, monitoring, and education. It encompasses 4,800 acres in three distinct portions of the Bay: Otter Point Creek in the upper Bay, Jug Bay on the Patuxent River, and Monie Bay on the lower eastern shore. The environmentally diverse habitats represented by these three regions include flooded hardwood forests, freshwater wetlands, and expansive salt marshes. The educational programs of the Chesapeake Bay Reserve in Maryland focus on a wide range of audiences from legislators and coastal decision makers, to environmental professionals, educators, and students. The newly opened Anita C. Leight Estuary Center at the Otter Point Creek component serves as the Reserve center for the state. Check out DNR's CBNERR web site.

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