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|This project provides equipment, activity guides and juvenile horseshoe crabs to schools for students to learn the ecological, medical and historical importance of the vanishing species.|
In 1998, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) started the Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom Project. DNR’s Environmental Stewardship Division and Fisheries Service developed and implemented the project to educate students about horseshoe crabs and the management of this important species. An Aquatic Resource Education Grant provided funding to purchase classroom equipment for the project.
During the first year, 24 schools signed up to participate in the project. The project culminated in a DNR-sponsored Horseshoe Crab Field Day at Flag Pond Nature Park in Calvert County. Students participated in outdoor activities to learn more about the issues surrounding horseshoe crabs.
Beginning in 2002, DNR reorganized the project based on lessons learned from teacher feedback. Each year, a teacher workshop is held for registered schools to give them the most up to date information on how to successfully raise horseshoe crabs in the classroom and provide their students with an exciting educational experience.
The goals of the Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom Project are to:
For more information about raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom, contact: