Bay Grasses in Classes 2005
The Department of Natural Resources, (DNR) in partnership with the Chesapeake
Bay Foundation (CBF), has completed its eighth season of the Bay Grasses in
Classes (BGIC) program. Since its inception in 1998, over 1,269 classes and
32,000 students have been involved in the Bay Grasses in Classes program. During
this time students have planted over 2.5 acres of bottom surface in the Bay with
the 425,000 plants grown in their classrooms.
Interested teachers from across the State of Maryland were trained by DNR and
CBF staff in January. Teachers used the curriculum materials and online
resources provided to educate their classes on the importance of bay grasses.
Teachers were provided with materials necessary to construct growth chambers in
their classrooms including aquarium equipment, sediment, and seeds or adult
plants to propagate.
Teachers then actively engaged students in each phase of growing
bay grasses: mixing the soil, setting up the aquaria, and planting seeds or
vegetative material from adult plants. Each week, they monitored the growth of
the seeds or cuttings, collected water quality data, and entered these data into
the on-line data entry system. Through this on-line database, students could
look at graphs that depicted the growth rates and water quality trends in their
classrooms and compare them to other schools in the program.