Additional Resources

You may access resources outside of Living Classrooms Foundation to help in your trip preparations. This list is by no means complete, however it gives you some of the best resources available. There are also no intended preferences; if we left an organization off the list it was purely by accident!

Funding Resources

The Chesapeake Bay Trust The Chesapeake Bay Trust is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization chartered in 1985 by the Maryland General Assembly to engage the public in the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers and streams. Funding provided by the Trust sparks on-the-ground change in communities throughout Maryland and works to cultivate a new generation of Bay stewards.

Links for information on the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay Program The Chesapeake Bay Program is a unique regional partnership that has led and directed the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay since 1983. The Chesapeake Bay Program partners include the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia; the District of Columbia; the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative body; the Environmental Protection Agency, representing the federal government; and participating citizen advisory groups

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional nonprofit organization that builds and fosters partnerships to protect and to restore the Bay and its rivers. The Alliance does not lobby or litigate. Instead, we do the slow, hard work of bridging dialogue between groups that don’t see eye-to-eye, forming strategies for joint solutions, and building the capacity of communities for local-level action. To this end, the Alliance:

  • Develops methods and tools for restoration activities and trains citizens to use them.
  • Mobilizes decision-makers, stakeholders, and other citizens to learn about Bay issues and participate in resolving them.
  • Provides analysis, information, and evaluation of Bay policies, proposals, and institutions.

Founded in 1971, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is funded by individuals, corporations, governments and foundations. The Alliance maintains offices in Baltimore, Maryland; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia, and Washington. D.C.

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education Since 1985, the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), a nonprofit educational association, has served thousands of teachers (and students at all grade levels), natural resource managers, nature center staff, and environmental program managers with dynamic training programs, workshops, conferences, awards programs, networking opportunities, publications, and related materials and resources. Through these efforts, MAEOE has helped to encourage, educate, support, and inspire Maryland educators to build a citizenry that understands and is responsibly engaged in advancing sustainability to address human needs and to conserve the Earth’s natural resources.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources The Aquatic Resource Education Program is part of the Department of Natural Resources’ Watershed Services Unit. The goal of Maryland’s Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) Program is to instill the respect for the aquatic resources and rights of others by cultivating ethical behavior of Maryland’s aquatic resources.

Maryland’s ARE Program enables students to develop an appreciation and understanding of aquatic habitats in Maryland. This is accomplished by providing education materials, training and other opportunities to Maryland’s educators and young people, and by providing incentives to learn a more about the Chesapeake Bay watershed, inland streams, lakes and ponds.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the only independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Since its founding 40 years ago, its goal has been to improve water quality by reducing pollution. Its motto, Save the Bay, has been the battle cry for that goal.

From the landmark EPA study of the Chesapeake Bay in the 1970s to Virginia’s comparable legislative commitment in 2005, CBF has been saving the Bay. CBF’s vision is that the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers, broadly recognized as a national treasure, will be highly productive and in good health as measured by water clarity, lack of toxic contaminants, and abundance of natural filters in the water and on the land. Read their strategic plan to learn how we are working towards making that vision a reality.

Maryland Sea Grant Maryland Sea Grant College draws on the talent and expertise of the state’s universities and academic laboratories to foster innovative marine research, education, and outreach. In this way Maryland Sea Grant serves as a bridge between academic expertise and the needs of those who manage, conserve, enjoy, or make their living from the Chesapeake Bay.

Sites Alive Devoted to students’ online learning. Excellent activities with rotating curriculum ideas.

Maintaining Strong Fisheries Blue Crab Game Main objectives: Learn the environmental threats to a species: Understand the need for regulation of fishing and protection of the organism’s habitat: Identify the different points of view of fishers (watermen) and resource managers. Download this game to explore the dynamics of habitat and ecology.

Maryland State Departments of Education, Environmental Education Keep yourself up to date on all the Environmental Education news within the state’s public school system. Curriculum ideas, training ideas and calendar items are just a few of the things you’ll find here.

Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation Inc. The primary goal of Chesapeake Bay Ecological Foundation, Inc. is to educate the public and work with various State and Federal Agencies to provide information on current issues involving the living resources within and surrounding the Chesapeake Bay.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) leads the Nation in research on linkages of land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone and provides society with knowledge to meet critical environmental challenges in the 21st century.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering an understanding of the culture and history of the Chesapeake Bay. Since its founding in 1965, the Museum has grown through the support of volunteers, staff, and members.

Calvert Marine Museum The Calvert Marine Museum is a public, non-profit, educational, regionally oriented museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, research, and interpretation of the culture and natural history of Southern Maryland.
Its mission is to interpret three maritime themes: regional Miocene paleontology, estuarine life on the tidal Patuxent River and adjacent Chesapeake Bay, and maritime history of these waters.

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network – a system of over 130 of the Chesapeake Bay’s special places.
Chesapeake Bay Gateways are the places to experience, first-hand, Chesapeake life and culture. Gateways are the Bay’s hidden treasures – each communicating a unique relationship and story of the Chesapeake. Gateways are parks, wildlife refuges, maritime museums, historic sites and water trails. They are places you can go to explore, enjoy, relax, learn or simply renew your spirit.

Maryland Watermen’s Association The Maryland Watermen’s Association is dedicated to the interests of all who derive beauty & benefit from Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Waters

Classroom Resources

Chesapeake Bay Field Scope Project The Chesapeake Bay FieldScope Project is a “citizen science” initiative in which students investigate water quality issues on local and regional scales and collaborate with students across the Bay to analyze data and take action. The Project, still in development, is built on NG FieldScope—a new Web-based mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool that engages students as citizen scientists investigating real-world issues. It is part of National Geographic’s pioneering effort to bring Web-based geospatial technologies to the classroom. With FieldScope, students are able to see their own experiences and water quality samples in the context of the larger Chesapeake Bay watershed and estuary ecosystems.

Eyes on the Bay Real time data from locations all around the Bay.

Storm Drain Stenciling Maryland DNR can provide your class with the stencils for you to paint storm drains in your community!
Chesapeake Bay Satellite Image – Maryland DNR provides a daily satellite image of the Bay, USGS has a downloadable copy or order a copy of the one we use aboard for your classroom here.

Ocean Planet from the Smithsonian The text on this site is presented as an archival version of the script of “Ocean Planet,” a 1995 Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition that is no longer on display. The content reflects the state of knowledge at the time of the exhibition, and has not been updated.

The Blue Crab Archives The Blue Crab Archives is a privately owned, member-supported, non-profit website which was designed and developed by Steven C. Zinski, a blue crab enthusiast and aficionado.

The purpose of the site is to serve as a teaching aid by providing easy to understand information—from both a scientific and lay perspective—about the Atlantic blue crab (Callinectes sapidus.) It is the goal of this website to become one of the world’s largest public archives of blue crab related facts and information allowing anyone to learn about this fascinating and mysterious creature.

NOAA Education NOAA’s many educational activities are distributed across the agency. This site has been designed to help students, teachers, librarians and the general public access the many educational activities, publications, and booklets that have been produced.

The Globe Program GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE’s vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system working in close partnership with NASA and NSF Earth System Science Projects (ESSPs) in study and research about the dynamics of Earth’s environment.

Bay Journal Bay Journal is published by Chesapeake Media Service to inform the public about issues and events that affect the Chesapeake Bay. With a print circulation of 50,000, the Bay Journal is published monthly except for midsummer and midwinter and is distributed free of charge. To be added to the mailing list, fill out the online subscription form. Bundles of the Bay Journal are also available for distribution. Welcome to Estuaries.Gov where we aim to advance estuarine and coastal literacy. Explore these living classrooms and laboratories – our estuaries -, discover their importance and beauty, and learn what you can do to protect them.

Environmental Education Curriculums


Wonder of Wetlands WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands is an instructional guide for educators that provides a resourceful and creative collection of wetland activities, information, and ideas. WOW! includes: over 50 hands-on multidisciplinary activities in lesson plan format, extensive background information on wetlands, ideas for student action projects, and a wetlands resource guide.

Planning of Wetlands POW! The Planning of Wetlands is a guide for the design, construction and monitoring of a wetland on school grounds or within the community. The 25 exciting and challenging activities promote conservation and stimulate interests in community service, conservation, science, math and engineering careers. Correlated to National Science Standards, all activities are presented in lesson plan format with Student Activity Pages ready for copying


Project Wet Since 1984, Project WET, an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has dedicated itself to the mission of reaching children, parents, teachers and community members of the world with water education. Project WET achieves its mission of worldwide water education by:

  • publishing water resource materials in several languages.
  • providing training workshops on diverse water topics (i.e., watersheds, water quality, water conservation).
  • organizing community water events, such as Make a Splash with Project WET water festivals and the Global Water Education VillageTM.
  • building a worldwide network of educators, water resource professionals and scientists.

Healthy Water, Healthy People The program, entitled Healthy Water, Healthy People, was launched in 2000 to promote stewardship of water resources by teaching educators and students about the relationship between water quality and human and environmental health. Targeting teachers and students in grades six through 12, the Healthy Water, Healthy People program:

  • uses innovative, interactive activities and materials.
  • demonstrates critical water quality topics in simple, understandable ways.

Environmental Education

Project Learning Tree (PLT) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.


Sea Soup The microscopic plankton world depicted in these volumes will provide children with a fascinating look at tiny ocean drifters whose ecological importance is far beyond the measure of their size. The cutting-edge photographs by renowned photographer Bill Curtzinger give children the opportunity to observe and learn and about the beauty and importance of these tiny plants and animals and their watery world.
Science educators are now being encouraged to peruse their subjects on an inquiry-based model of learning. These books and guides incorporate this approach in their design.