Find a Teaching Resource

Learn some creative ways to integrate the Chesapeake Bay and environmental issues into your classroom lessons. Search through the Bay Backpack's books, multimedia, curriculum guides, individual lesson plans and online data sources about the subjects you are teaching in class.

Check back often for new and innovative resources to help you teach environmental topics.


Get Out In The Field

Get your students' feet wet and hands dirty. Use the Bay Backpack to find a place to take your students on a field trip to learn about the Chesapeake Bay and its streams and rivers.

Search our database of field studies to find a location near you, or read our blog entries about field studies taking place at schools throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.


Learn Something New

Prepare yourself to teach about the Chesapeake Bay and environmental issues, from climate change to water pollution.

Use the Bay Backpack training calendar to find an upcoming training opportunity near you.


Apply for a Grant

Looking for funds to build a schoolyard habitat or provide your students with a field study? The Bay Backpack includes lists of grant opportunities so you can find the right grant program for you.

Before you apply, check out our grant writing tips to learn how you can strengthen your proposal.

Celebrate National Environmental Education Week!

April 15, 2014 by Julie Walker

National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is the nation's largest celebration of environmental education. It is held each year the week before Earth Day and inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. The 2014 theme, Greening STEM: Engineering a Sustainable World, will explore the application of engineering to sustainable solutions for a healthier planet and healthier people. [Read more]

Sharing Ocean Acidification Resources for Communicators and Educators

March 31, 2014 by Julie Walker

Sharing Ocean Acidification Resources for Communicators and Educators or SOURCE is a new webinar series that provides ocean acidification communication tools to formal & informal educators, and stakeholders across the country. One of its primary goals, is to promote a more integrated and effective ocean acidification education community by sharing ocean acidification education and communication activities virtually. With awareness of and access to these resources, the ocean acidification education and communication community will be able to utilize and continue to create cutting edge communication tools that incorporate current scientific and communication research. This series is jointly sponsored by the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries and Ocean Acidification Program. [Read more]

New Webinar - Explore! Marvel Moon

March 24, 2014 by Julie Walker

If you include Earth's Moon in your interpretation and environmental education or have wanted to but aren't sure where to begin, you may want to attend this webinar! [Read more]

Keep Maryland Beautiful Awards

March 17, 2014 by Julie Walker

The Keep Maryland Beautiful Program was established in 1967 as the first program administered by the Maryland Environmental Trust. Keep Maryland Beautiful is partially funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration and provides grants to non-profit organizations and schools to support environmental education and demonstration projects that enhance and maintain the environment. [Read more]