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The Museum offers a variety of educational opportunities for on-site field trips as well as off-site outreach programs to home-schoolers, scout groups, community groups as well as the general public. Each program lasts 2 hours, can be tailored to any group and can be combined for a full day experience.

To schedule a program, fill out a form online or contact us via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (410) 295-0104 x 3.

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Family Programs 

Family program activities are geared for children 5-8 years old, however children of all ages are welcome. Each program includes fun, hands-on exploration and a make and take craft. Registration is required, member registration is $0.00 and nonmember registration is $5.00 per child. Adults are free!

Amazing American Eels Capture

  • Saturday, October 25
  • 10:00-11:00 am
  • Members: $0.00; Nonmembers: $5.00 per child

Slippery, slimy, and scale-less, American Eels are amazing creatures. Join us as we explore their unique life cycle and learn about the slimy adaptations of eels. During this program, we will also meet a live eel and make a take-home craft. Click for Member Registration or Nonmember Registration

Mighty Ducks (Geese and Swans Too!)

  • Saturday, December 13
  • 10:00-11:00 am
  • Members: $0.00; Nonmembers: $5.00 per child

Brrrr... it's cold outside! Ever wonder how some animals stay warm in the winter? Join us as we learn the basics of waterfowl identification and learn how these animals stay warm in the winter. We will end our exploration with a take-home craft. Click for Member Registration or Nonmember Registration.   

Scout Programs

Fins, Feet, and Feelers

Pre-K - 1st Grade                                                                                  Register Now!

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From fish to shrimp and worms to oysters, many different kinds of animals make their home on an oyster reef! Students will learn how to identify many types of animals by observing their body features and characteristics.

  • Animal related story-time
  • Use tools to help identify animals
  • Observe and record the features of different animals
  • Interact with small, living critters that live on an oyster reef

Jobs on the Bay

Pre-K - 1st Grade                                                                                  Register Now!

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Students will explore how watermen, lighthouse keepers and the coast guard have made their living on and from the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Waterman related story-time
  • Compare past and current jobs on the Chesapeake Bay
  • Use maps to locate lighthouses and oyster reefs
  • Learn how boats are used for some jobs

Animals of the Bay

2nd-5th Grade                                                                                       Register Now!DSCF2686

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Students explore the habitat, life cycle and structure of a variety of animals that make their home near the museum. Activities include:

  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of oyster reef habitat
  • Hands-on crabbing and investigation of crab structure
  • Near-shore sampling using a seine net
  • Examination of Chesapeake Bay birds' seasonal adaptations

Chesapeake Champions

2nd-5th Grade                                                               Register Now!

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In this 6 day after-school program students study the Chesapeake Bay through the lens of science, social studies and art. Students gain a personal connection to local environmental issues through hands-on activities including:

  • Meeting a working waterman
  • Working with professional artists to create a Chesapeake themed mosaic
  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of oyster reef habitat
  • Taking a boat ride
  • Participating in oyster restoration
  • Climbing aboard our workboat to find out how oysters are harvested as well as learning what happened when oysters come to shore
  • Dissecting an oyster to learn how its anatomy makes it an amazing filter
  • Examining Chesapeake Bay birds' seasonal adaptations
  • And more!

Oysters Inside and Out

2nd-12th Grade                                                                                     Register Now!

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Get to know the oyster inside and out by exploring the biology and ecology of the Eastern Oyster as well as its cultural and historical impacts. Activities include:

  • Creating an oyster model and dissecting an oyster to learn how its anatomy contributes to Chesapeake Bay health
  • An in depth look at how oyster harvesting effects the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of the oyster reef habitat
  • Climbing aboard our workboat to find out how oysters were harvested as well as leaning real world challenges of working on the water

Back Creek Science

6th-12th Grade                                                                                     Register Now!

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Learn to be a scientist by exploring various ways to measure Chesapeake Bay health. Activities include:

  • Using problem solving skills to build buoys as well as exploring NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) and its role in monitoring weather and water quality throughout the Bay
  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of the oyster reef habitat and its connection to water quality
  • Near-shore sampling using a seine net

Skipjack Trip

6th-12th Grade                                                                                      Register Now!

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Climb aboard the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's historic skipjack the Stanley Norman. For a full day experience, combine with any other 2 hour program. Activities aboard the boat include:

  • Learning what it was like to work on a 65-foot wooden sailing vessel
  • Dredging for oysters, and exploring off-shore oyster community
  • Testing water quality

Homeschool Programs

Fins, Feet, and Feelers

Pre-K - 1st Grade                                                                                  Register Now!

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From fish to shrimp and worms to oysters, many different kinds of animals make their home on an oyster reef! Students will learn how to identify many types of animals by observing their body features and characteristics.

  • Animal related story-time
  • Use tools to help identify animals
  • Observe and record the features of different animals
  • Interact with small, living critters that live on an oyster reef

Jobs on the Bay

Pre-K - 1st Grade                                                                                  Register Now!         

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Students will explore how watermen, lighthouse keepers and the coast guard have made their living on and from the Chesapeake Bay. DSC 0032

  • Waterman related story-time
  • Compare past and current jobs on the Chesapeake Bay  
  • Use maps to locate lighthouses and oyster reefs
  • Learn how boats are used for some jobs

Animals of the Bay

2nd-5th Grade                                                                                    Register Now!

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Students explore the habitat, life cycle and structure of a variety of animals that make their home near the museum. Activities include:

  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of oyster reef habitat
  • Hands-on crabbing and investigation of crab structure
  • Near-shore sampling using a seine net
  • Examination of Chesapeake Bay birds' seasonal adaptations

Chesapeake Champions

2nd-5th Grade                                                                                       Register Now!

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In this 6 day after-school program students study the Chesapeake Bay through the lens of science, social studies and art. Students gain a personal connection to local environmental issues through hands-on activities including:

  • Meeting a working waterman
  • Working with professional artists to create a Chesapeake themed mosaic
  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of oyster reef habitat
  • Taking a boat ride
  • Participating in oyster restoration
  • Climbing aboard our workboat to find out how oysters are harvested as well as learning what happened when oysters come to shore
  • Dissecting an oyster to learn how its anatomy makes it an amazing filter
  • Examining Chesapeake Bay birds' seasonal adaptations
  • And more!

Oysters Inside and Out

2nd-12th Grade                                                                                     Register Now!

bar4
Get to know the oyster inside and out by exploring the biology and ecology of the Eastern Oyster as well as its cultural and historical impacts. Activities include:

  • Creating an oyster model and dissecting an oyster to learn how its anatomy contributes to Chesapeake Bay health
  • An in depth look at how oyster harvesting effects the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of the oyster reef habitat
  • Climbing aboard our workboat to find out how oysters were harvested as well as leaning real world challenges of working on the water

Back Creek Science

6th-12th Grade                                                                                      Register Now!                   

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Learn to be a scientist by exploring various ways to measure Chesapeake Bay health. Activities include:

  • Using problem solving skills to build buoys as well as exploring NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS) and its role in monitoring weather and water quality throughout the Bay
  • Using our docks to explore the ecology of the oyster reef habitat and its connection to water quality  
  • Near-shore sampling using a seine net

Skipjack Trip

6th-12th Grade                                                                                      Register Now!

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Climb aboard the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's historic skipjack the Stanley Norman. For a full day experience, combine with any other 2 hour program. Activities aboard the boat include:

  • Learning what it was like to work on a 65-foot wooden sailing vessel   
  • Dredging for oysters, and exploring off-shore oyster community
  • Testing water quality

 

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