Maryland Streams – Teaching Resources
Find a Stream Near You
- Maryland StreamHealth – Get Involved! Help restore your stream. Every Maryland citizen lives near a stream or river, most are within a 15 minute walk!
- Choose the “Interact With the Map” button to find a stream near you, and check out its water quality as well as the presence or absence of stream buffers and the amount of impervious surface – two important determinants of stream health. Instructions for using the map are on the site. Maryland public schools are marked on the site, and best viewed by zooming in.
- Choose the “Help Restore Your Stream” button to find volunteer stream survey opportunities, teacher resources, other resources such as help for planning planting projects, and funding opportunities.
- Chesapeake Bay FieldScope – National Geographic Society provides a web-based mapping, analysis, and collaboration tool designed to support geographic investigations and to engage students as citizen scientists investigating real-world issues—both in the classroom and in outdoor education settings. National Geographic’s FieldScope offers lessons, data collection guidance, programs, professional development and more.
The new Maryland FieldScope is where you will upload stream data collected by students, and where you can find additional data to use in the classroom to compare, analyze, track trends, and more.
- Introduction to How to Use Fieldscope
- Student citizen science!
Still can’t find what you are looking for? With more than 10,000 miles of rivers and streams in Maryland, there are still some that aren’t on these maps, yet. Your students can help to expand these tools by locating a nearby stream, and contributing the information to add to the shared data sites above. If you know of a stream near your school or in your neighborhood that isn’t shown on the StreamHealth or FieldScope sites, you can document the location and trace the stream’s path using GIS tools, and will eventually be able to add that data to the online map tool. If you find a close-by stream that is not shown on the StreamHealth or FieldScope sites, either by seeing it in the field or in another online mapping tool such as Google Maps or Google Earth, you can add an observation in FieldScope and note that the point is not shown as part of a stream on the existing map. In the future we plan to add a function to allow smaller streams to be added to FieldScope.