CBF offers on-the-water investigations to students
RICHMOND — Time is running out for teachers to sign up their middle and high school students for onthe-water investigations in Central Virginia this spring with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). Canoe trips on local waterways offer an unforgettable learning experience that supports state standards.
“Most of the students I bring on the field trip have never been in a canoe before and have little or no experience with the water. By the end they have a completely different perspective, have gotten filthy, and are ready to go on another trip,” said Melinda VanDevelder, a teacher at Varina High School. “This is a connectthe-dots ecology lesson for students. CBF instructors artfully describe the complex concepts of erosion, food chains, ecosystems, buffers, human impact, and the three main types of pollution.”
While exploring local waterways on foot and by canoe, students test water quality, survey wildlife, and examine sources of pollution. CBF’s professional education staff work with teachers to design investigations that complement their curriculum. On these field experiences students collect authentic scientific data, which they then interpret and analyze with CBF staff using an age-appropriate, studentcentered approach.
“Outdoor learning is an opportunity to forge a real connection to Virginia’s beautiful waterways,” said Deidra Floyd, CBF Director of Field Programs. “Studies have shown that environmental education improves academic performance, increases civic engagement, and instills a belief that individuals can make a difference.”
Space is limited. Teachers are encouraged to register by visiting www.cbf.org/ education or calling CBF’s scheduling offices with questions at 410-268-8816.