Helpful links for your students

The mission of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve is to motivate people to take care of the environment, the history and the culture of New Jersey’s Bayshore region through education, preservation and example. They operate the 1928 Delaware Bay Oyster Schooner A.J. Meerwald as a sailing classroom offering youth of all ages a unique hands-on learning experience. Designated New Jersey’s Official Tall Ship in 1998, the A.J. Meerwald is a living history, a microcosm for the planet and a great example of what a small group of committed individuals can accomplish. The organization also offers shore-based educational programming at their home port of Bivalve, New Jersey, in the recently restored 1904 Oyster Shipping Sheds and adjacent wetlands.

Blue Water Baltimore uses community-based restoration, education and advocacy to achieve clean water in Baltimore’s rivers, streams and harbor, so that citizens of the Baltimore region will enjoy a vibrant natural environment, livable neighborhoods, and a healthy, thriving Inner Harbor and Chesapeake Bay. They work toward a future when our neighborhood streams are safe for fishing and swimming and our clean harbor is the pride of our city.

For more than 40 years, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has worked to increase awareness of the tremendous problems facing the nation’s largest estuary. By educating the public about the many issues affecting the health of the Bay, they encourage a greater public commitment to protecting and restoring our rivers and streams. CBF’s environmental education programs for students and teachers, which put more than 40,000 citizens a year in touch with the Bay, are a cornerstone of their efforts to improve water quality. They also publish reports, post the latest news articles on their website, list Bay facts and other resources for further information, and share tips on what you can do in your own community.

The Elizabeth River Project is dedicated to restoring the Elizabeth River to the highest practical level of environmental quality through government, business and community partnerships. Their education programs include River Star Schools, Princess Elizabeth, youth presentations and adult education.

Living Classrooms uses our region’s unique maritime treasures as “living classrooms” to educate students and the public. Living Classrooms shipboard education programs serve thousands of students per year from throughout the region aboard the Foundation’s floating classrooms, including the schooner , Chesapeake buyboats Mildred Belle and Half Shell, and skipjacks Sigsbee and Minnie V. In partnership with the City of Baltimore and State of Maryland, Living Classrooms manages the Historic Ships in Baltimore, Friends of Fort McHenry and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park.

Since 1985, the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) 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.

The Virginia Office of Environmental Education is Virginia’s clearinghouse for environmental education and information. Their mission is to work with public and private organizations to deliver quality environmental education programs that meet state academic standards and engage citizens in conservation activities.