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Scientists use the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland (CBNERR-MD) to study unspoiled wetlands, but they are not the only ones. Teachers, students and the general public are welcome too! Our education program strives to share the results of our research and teach about how we can help you explore and study the Chesapeake Bay.

The education programs at CBNERR-MD provide field experiences for students (pre-school through college), educators, and public audiences. The programs are designed to enhance awareness and understanding of estuaries and emphasize the connection of the bay and human activities. Field programs include the exploration of wetlands, salt marshes, underwater grasses, and shallow water habitats. They include a combination of fish collection, crabs and other invertebrate sampling, as well as water quality, forest, and watershed studies.

The CBNERR-MD field programs inform participants about estuarine habitats and the organisms that exist there while experiencing the environment first-hand. Kayaks, pontoon boats, canoes, hiking trails, and boardwalks are used to gain access to a diverse set of field sites. While accessing these remote sites, particular attention is paid to the safety and comfort of participants and our guiding principle is that all participants will have a safe, informative and enjoyable experience.

Parents, teachers and all other participants should feel free to contact the CBNERR-MD Education Coordinator if you have questions about the program that you or your child is planning to participate in or that you are considering signing up for.

For Teachers

For Teachers

Our goal is to help you bring science to life for you and your students through the use of authentic research and data collected in your regional estuary. Numerous field based, standard aligned programs are offered throughout the Reserve’s components and can be modified to meet the needs of your students.

For Students

For Students

Estuaries are an incredible resource for learning about the environment and the way in which humans influence that environment. Looking for data for an assignment, research project, an enriching summer experience, internships or future career ideas? CBNERR-MD and the NERRS are excellent places to start.

For Everyone

For Everyone

In addition to being valuable habitat for endangered species and vital sites for research within the Chesapeake Bay, our components are also great recreational and informal education destinations. Come learn more about estuaries and enjoy the views by visiting us today.


What is an Estuary

Estuary Videos

Science and Data

Data in the Classroom

Bay Back Pack

National Geographic Fieldscope

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