Locating Established Programs and Resources
Locating Established Programs and Resources
The existing programs listed below have projects and resources for students and teachers. Contact information and a brief description are given for each program.
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation. <http://www.cbf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=edu_educators_index>.
Restoration projects include Bay Grasses in the Classes and Bay Grass Seed Nursery, projects designed to restore underwater grasses while teaching students about the issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay. Resources supporting other activities are also available.
- Chesapeake Bay Program for Teachers. <http://www.chesapeakebay.net/index_teachers.cfm>.
This site provides online fact sheets, lesson plans, and presentations for all grade levels. It also lists ideas for students to conserve and protect their watersheds. The publication Bay B C's is a Chesapeake Bay activity guide for grades K–3.
- ChesSIE. Chesapeake Bay Program with Virginia Institute of Marine Science. <http://www.bayeducation.net>.
Chesapeake Science on the Internet for Educators (ChesSIE) provides links to Chesapeake Bay resources focused on restoration projects, lesson plans, Bay information, and more.
- Dialogue for Kids: Wetlands. Idaho Public Television. <http://www.idahoptv.org/dialogue4kids/wetlands/index.html>.
The Dialogue for Kids wetlands website stems from the Dialogue for Kids TV show. Teachers can download episodes directly to their computer. Wetland links connect to various resources, including wetland facts, printable wetland coloring books, and classroom activities.
- Ecology Club Projects and Resources. Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. <http://www.deq.state.va.us/education/ecology.html>.
Some of the DEQ projects listed on this site are concerned specifically with aquatic/Chesapeake Bay/water topics, while others focus on related issues such as animals/endangered species/wildlife or beautification/environmental education in general.
- Environmental Education, Stewardship Opportunities. Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. <http://www.dcr.state.va.us/enviroed.htm>.
This site offers information about the community-based Adopt-A-Stream program, volunteer opportunities, and much more.
- Kids Cave. Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. <http://www.deq.state.va.us/kids/>.
This online center for students helps to increase environmental awareness. It provides a listing of ideas for pollution clean up and a "Kids in Action" section that highlights contests and resources promoting student involvement in stream and waterway improvement.
- National Wildlife Federation. <http://www.nwf.org/education/>.
This National Wildlife Federation site provides educator workshops, a Schoolyard Habitats program, and activity guides including "Wading into Wetlands."
Save Our Streams. Izaak Walton League. <http://www.iwla.org/sos/>.
"Save Our Streams" offers an online Wetlands Campaign kit with information on watershed definitions, fact sheets, and project ideas for protection and conservation.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. <http://www.fws.gov>.
A free Watershed Activity Guide on this site addresses Chesapeake Bay watershed issues using maps and lesson ideas.
- Virginia Naturally. Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. <http://www.vanaturally.com>.
Virginia Naturally provides information for teachers, including lesson plans on water topics, Standards of Learning resources for all subjects, award programs, and student environmental contests.
- Water Curriculum Resources. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Wetlands and Coastal Protection Division. <http://www.epa.gov/teachers/water.htm>.
This EPA site provides online links to fact sheets, lesson plans, and water topics, including ecosystems, watersheds, and water conservation.
- Watershed Profiles. <http://www.chesapeakebay.net/wshed.htm>.
Watershed Profiles assembles maps, charts, and information that portray the environmental condition of Chesapeake Bay watersheds. This Internet application operates at a variety of scales from the entire 64,000 square mile Chesapeake Bay watershed to small tributary watersheds. Information on landscape changes, Bay Program activities, other organization activities, and places to visit are some of the information displayed in easy-to-read charts, maps, and tables. Visitors can type their ZIP Code to find their local watershed.
- Watershed Weekly. GreenWorks. <http://www.greenworks.tv/watershedstv/index.htm>.
This site has an innovative multimedia program that brings the watershed community to your home each week with a new 5- to 7-minute presentation about water quality issues.