CBEC Launches STEM Program

Hanna Spongberg, ROVER instructor, assists Wye River Upper Schools students who are launching a ROVER for a water monitoring mission.

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) in a cooperative agreement with NASA added a cutting-edge STEM educational program to its educational endeavors.  This program is designed for Middle and High School students.

The program consists of environmental sampling techniques using NASA  approved equipment and associated technology.  Students will learn types of equipment and computer-related devices for sampling the local atmosphere and water.  The students will collect, interpret, and record data for use by scientists, institutions, agencies and general citizenry.  The local data will be downloaded to the GLOBE website (Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment- GLOBE.gov) and be available for researchers world-wide.

The students will collect atmospheric data on CBEC property by following guidelines in the  AEROKAT program.  The AEROKAT program involves flying kites outfitted with data collecting technologies and cameras.  They will capture and process their own data about near-surface rates of temperature, pressure, relative humidity and remote sensing.  They will be exposed to the ‘world of digital literacy’ through use of the equipment and data collection.  This skill set will benefit students in both academic and work experiences.

The ROVER program is associated with local water monitoring.  The ROVER is a remotely operated aquatic platform to measure and analyze data, such as oxygen levels, temperature, nutrients, and pH of water.  Students will operate the Rover on local waterways and collect data for downloading to the GLOBE website.

Students will learn how to interpret the data and determine local atmospheric and water conditions, identify potential problems and solutions under the guidance of CBEC staff and NASA resource partners.  Students will have the opportunity to work with professionals in the field.

Field trips to CBEC will give students the opportunity for hands-on experience with the AEROKATS and ROVERS and meet STEM requirements.  All activities are NGSS aligned and incorporate STEM education using real-world settings.  For more information go to bayrestoration.org/AREN and see what activities are available or contact jwink@bayrestoration.org.

Guided Kayak Tours at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) located at 600 Discovery Lane in Grasonville, Maryland has as its mission promoting stewardship and sustainability through environmental education and habitat restoration. CBEC is located on a peninsula offering visitors unique outdoor, recreational opportunities. Kayak rentals and Guided Kayak Tours allow visitors to glide around the Marshy Creek, Kent Narrows and Cabin Creek tributaries viewing underwater grass beds and acres of marsh and restored shoreline. Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience the wonders of these wetlands. Never been kayaking? Always wanted to kayak! Sign up for one of the monthly Guided Kayaks Tours from May-October. Courtney Leigh, CBEC’s Volunteer/Adult Education Coordinator and Certified Interpretive Guide, will guide you through basic kayak instruction and then will lead you on a paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek. During the tour you will get the opportunity to encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshland. Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes!

Tours are designed to give participants, beginners and intermediate levels, an introduction to the basic skills of kayaking. Paddling techniques, vessel orientation, loading and unloading, and kayaking safety will be covered. No experience is necessary. An estimated 2 hours of paddling time is scheduled. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

2017 Dates
Sunday, May 7 at 1:00pm
Thursday, May 18 at 5:30pm
Sunday, May 21 at 1:00pm
Thursday, June 1 at 5:30pm
Sunday, June 11 at 1:00pm
Thursday, June 22 at 5:30pm
Thursday, July 13 at 5:30pm
Sunday, July 16 at 1:00pm
Sunday, July 23 at 1:00pm
Thursday, August 10 at 5:30pm
Thursday, August 20 at 1:00pm
Thursday, August 31 at 5:30pm
Sunday, September 10 at 1:00pm
Thursday, September 21 at 5:30pm
Sunday, September 24 at 1:00pm
Thursday, October 5 at 5:30pm
Sunday, October 15 at 1:00pm
Thursday, October 19 at 5:30pm

To make reservations register on CBEC’s website form: https://www.bayrestoration.org/guided-kayak-tours/ or please email Courtney Leigh, cleigh@bayrestoration.org, for more information. The cost is $15 for CBEC members and $20 for non-members.

Once registered you will receive an email confirmation explaining pre-trip preparations. CBEC reserves the right to cancel any trip due to unsafe weather conditions or if the minimum participant amount has not been reached.

CBEC is Pleased to Announce a 2017 Guided Hike Schedule

Guided Hikes will lead participants on CBEC’s Lake Trail for a unique opportunity to discover several ecologically important habitats to the Chesapeake Bay watershed found on our 510 acre peninsula in Grasonville, MD. A docent will lead participants on a journey to explore topics of Hummock Succession, Oyster Reef Ecology, Salt Marsh Plants, Lake Knapp Bird Residents, and Resident Raptors all while walking a 1.5 mile flat path around the center of our 510 acre peninsula.  Each month we will be announcing a specialty topic for these hikes led by a Maryland Master Naturalist, please check our calendar on our website for these announcements.  Specialty topics include:  Birding, Botany, Fungus, or Reptiles/Amphibians. There is a half-way rest stop with restroom accessibility.  Participants are encouraged to dress for weather and bring along a water bottle, small snack, and binoculars.  Duration is approximately 2 hours. Trips are subject to cancellation due to weather or low enrollment. Check-in and hike begin at the Visitor Center at 600 Discovery  Lane, Grasonville, MD.

Cost is FREE to CBEC Members, $5 for Non Members

All Hikes are from 1-3 pm and Schedule of 2017 Hikes are found on our website:  www.bayrestoration.org, under Calendar of Events:

Jan 12th and 21st

Feb 9th and 18th

March 9th and 18th

April 13th and 22nd

May 11th and 20th

June 8th and 17th

July 22nd and 27th

August 12th and 17th

September 14th and 23rd

October 12th and 21st

November 9th and 18th

December 14th and 23rd

Pre-Registration is required as there is a minimum and maximum for this trip. Registration is found on our website:  www.bayrestoration.org under Calendar of Events

Questions can be directed to Courtney Leigh, Volunteer/Stewardship Coordinator at 410-827-6694 or cleigh@bayrestoration.org

Maryland Master Naturalist Course Offered at CBEC this Fall

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is offering the Maryland Master Naturalist Program this Fall 2016, September 21st – December 21st, meeting weekly on Wednesdays from 10am-3pm.

A field trip is scheduled for October 21st.

The Master Naturalist Program strives to:

  • Promote awareness and appreciation of ecological resources in the State of Maryland
  • Develop a network of trained volunteers to serve as catalysts for local environmental conservation through education, research and stewardship
  • Provide a structured, science-based program to educate and certify citizens who maintain their lifelong learning quest as Maryland Master Naturalists
  • Engage citizens in environmentally focused volunteer service within their communities

The Program Requirements include:

  • 52 hours of classroom training and one 8 hour field trip Master Naturalist Training
  • 40 hours of approved volunteer service within one year of completing the training
  • 40 hours of approved volunteer service and 8 hours of approved advanced training, each year thereafter, to maintain Master Naturalist certification.

Watch a video about the program here.

The fee for this year’s Program is $250 and includes the Maryland Master Naturalist Volunteer Resource Manual, 52 hours of classroom training and instruction and one 8-hour field trip. Please read some background information about the program here and return the attached completed application by August, 15th if you would like to be considered for our training. An informal interview will be scheduled with you to complete the application process.

Send no money now. If accepted into the program, you will be sent a registration form and payment request.

Please Mail your completed application to:
The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Attn: Courtney Leigh PO Box 519 Grasonville, MD 21638 or emailcleigh@bayrestoration.org

Guided Kayak Trips Offered at Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

Guided-Kayak-web-picLiving near the Chesapeake Bay offers many unique opportunities for outdoor recreational water activities.   The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) located at 600 Discovery Lane in Grasonville, Maryland has as its mission to promote stewardship and sustainability through environmental education and habitat restoration.  CBEC is located on a peninsula offering visitors kayak and canoe rentals to glide around Marshy Creek, the Narrows and Prospect Bay viewing wading birds, waterfowl and acres of marsh and restored shoreline.

Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience the wonders of these wetlands.  Never been kayaking?  Always wanted to kayak!  Courtney Leigh, CBEC Volunteer/Stewardship Coordinator, will guide you through basic kayak instruction and then will lead you on a tour paddle to explore the watershed of Marshy Creek.  During the tour opportunity to encounter wading birds, waterfowl, and migratory raptors hunting the marshland can occur.  Other common sightings include otter, muskrat, terrapin turtles, mating cownose stingrays, schooling silversides, undulating jellyfish and slithery water snakes! 

Tours are designed to give participants, beginners and intermediate levels, an introduction to the basic skills of kayaking. Paddling techniques, vessel orientation, loading and unloading, and kayaking safety will be covered. No experience is necessary. An estimated 2 hours of paddling time is scheduled. Children, under 18, must be accompanied by an adult.

The following dates and times are remaining for this season and reservations are required:

August 10 at 5:30 pm

August 28 at 1:00 pm

September 8 at 5:30 pm

September 11 at 1:00 pm

September 25 at 1:00 pm

October 6 at 5:30 pm

October 9 at 1:00 pm

October 20 at 5:30 pm

To make reservations please email Courtney Leigh, cleigh@bayrestoration.org, or call 443-262-2032 to register.  The cost is $10 for CBEC members and $15 for non-members.

Once registered you will receive an email confirmation explaining pre-trip preparations.  CBEC reserves the right to cancel any trip due to unsafe weather conditions or if the minimum participant amount has not been reached. 

CBEC to Host ‘Coastal Plain’ Maryland Master Naturalist Training Course

Do you love the outdoors and want to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal plain? You can enhance your knowledge of natural world and help others to share your enthusiasm by joining the Master Naturalist program as we work together for a sustainable environment in Maryland.

The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC), located in Grasonville, Maryland, will be hosting weekly Maryland Master Naturalist Training beginning on Wednesday, September 21 and running through December 21, 2016. The course will be facilitated by Courtney Leigh, Volunteer / Stewardship Coordinator at CBEC.

Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 60-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners, studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Final certification comes with completion 40 hours of volunteer service.

The program offers three courses that correspond to Maryland’s three regions:

COASTAL PLAIN (Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot, Dorchester, Wicomico,Somerset, and Worcester Counties)

THE PIEDMONT (Carroll, Harford, Frederick, Baltimore, Montgomery, and Howard Counties and Baltimore City)

THE MOUNTAINS (Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick Counties)

This training class will cover the natural and cultural history of the Coastal Plain Region.

During the course participants will increase their knowledge and understanding our local natural environment and will strengthen their observational skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on group projects.

Space is limited to 25 people who are 18 or older. Classes be held every Wednesday from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm starting September 21 and ending December 21, 2016.The cost of the course is $250 which includes all materials.

To learn more or to download an application visit the Maryland Master Naturalist web site at: http://extension.umd.edu/masternaturalist

Please contact: Courtney Leigh at 443-262-2032 or cleigh@bayrestoration.org

“Environmentally Speaking” Series Continues with Lecture about Charles Darwin, April 16

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center continues its 2014 “Environmentally Speaking” series at 7:00 PM on Wed, April 16th at CBEC’s Education Building in Grasonville, MD.

The fourth of five monthly series is titled “Charles Darwin: Life as a Naturalist” and will feature Prof. Sandra Herbert, an award-winning biographer and scholar of Charles Darwin. She will offer some unique insights into his life.

$8/members;$10/non-members. Info: 410-827-6694.

The CBEC Speaker Series Presents: “Return of the Osprey, a Symbol of the Bay”

osprey fullChesapeake Bay Environmental Center continues its 2014 “Environmentally Speaking” series at 7:00 PM on Wed, March 19th at CBEC’s Education Building in Grasonville, MD.

The third of five monthly series will feature Dr. Judy Wink, CBEC’s Executive Director and a renowned ornithologist. She will discuss the life and migratory habits of the Osprey, one of the Bay’s most interesting birds.

$8/members;$10/non-members. Info: 410-827-6694.

If you have any questions please contact Judy Wink, Exec. Director, CBEC, at 410-827-6694, or email her at jwink@bayrestoration.org, or call me at 410-643-1104.

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