K-12 teachers are a priority audience for CBNERR. Teacher training workshops are conducted by reserve staff and provide teachers with new insight into the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem through topics such as water quality, habitat restoration, estuarine aquarium keeping, and curriculum training.
Virginia Scientists and Educators Alliance (VA SEA) -
Educators from the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERRVA) and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science's (VIMS) Marine Advisory Program created the Virginia Scientists and Educators Alliance (VA SEA). VA SEA is a network of graduate students, teachers, and informal educators aimed at transferring scientific research into usable lesson plans.
In 2015-2017, 14 graduate students from VIMS, UVA, and ODU created middle and high school lesson plans based on their current research. All lesson plans were vetted by classroom teachers, and an open house was held to share the new lesson plans. To see the available lesson plans, go to:
Resource Boxes -
Resource boxes are complete lesson plans including materials required. Boxes are available free of cost, but require pick up and drop off at VIMS. See the flyer for more information about topics included in our current Resource Boxes.
Link to Estuaries 101