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 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.
Concerns with today's economy, as well as ever increasing costs in many areas, have people closely evaluating their spending habits at businesses and in homes throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Here in the Chambersburg Area School District, one program in particular was initiated in the summer of 2007 that is now reaping the rewards of lowered utility costs, coming at a time when energy costs are soaring. Our energy conservation program has helped us to become better stewards of the resources we use in the district, better stewards of the environment, and better examples to our students. [Read more]
We often hear that the United States is losing its scientific and technical edge to other nations, and we lament the fact that our students don't seem interested in learning about science or math. But that perception was shattered when I observed students from four watershed states and the District of Columbia compete in the sixteenth annual Chesapeake Bay Bowl at George Mason University. [Read more]
If you're lucky, you spend your days at a school that has clean air, bright daylit classrooms and is a comfortable and pleasant place to be. If you do, you're also in the minority, according to a report released in March by the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. [Read more]
This May, the US Department of Education's Green Strides webinar series will feature content on climate change educational resources, drinking water best practices for schools, engaging your community in a Green Apple day of service, the Teacher Ranger Teacher professional development program, and authentic student voices and leadership in GreenSchools. [Read more]
- FieldScope: Explore this interactive mapping system.
- Green School Program: Ways to make your school earth friendly.
- No Child Left Inside: Learn about this exciting program.
- CBIBS Curriculum: Use real-time data to teach the Bay.
- United States Global Change Research Program
- National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)