The primary goal of the CBNERR-VA General Education and Public Outreach Program is to increase awareness, understanding, appreciation, and responsible use of the Chesapeake Bay estuary through informal and formal education programs for K-12 and college audiences, teacher-training workshops, and programs for the general public.
Field-trip activities include exploration of salt marsh, submerged aquatic vegetation, and shallow-water habitats; collection of fish, crabs, and other invertebrates; and water-quality and watershed studies.
Healthy estuaries and estuarine ecosystems are valuable to every member of society and those who become aware of estuarine processes and issues will be better equipped to protect estuarine environments, both presently and in the future.
CBNERR-VA's Education Program strives to enhance student, teacher and public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuaries by providing hands-on, investigative field experiences, curriculum and information material, multi-exposure opportunities, teacher training programs, and public outreach events.
For more information the CBNERR-VA's General Education and Public Outreach Program, contact:Sarah McGuire NussEducation CoordinatorChesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia804-684-7878[[mcguire]]