Cindy EtgenAquatic Resources Education Section Chief - Chesapeake and Coastal ServiceMD Department of Natural Resources580 Taylor Ave., E-2Annapolis, MD firstname.lastname@example.org
The Raising Horseshoe Crab program will continue in a maintenance-only program for the foreseeable future. Teachers currently participating may continue to receive horseshoe crab eggs each June.
The goals of the Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom Project are to:
In 1998, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) started the Raising Horseshoe Crabs in the Classroom Project. The department's Environmental Stewardship Division and Fisheries Service developed and implemented the project to educate students about horseshoe crabs and the management of this important species. An Aquatic Resource Education Grant provided funding to purchase classroom equipment for the project.
During the first year, 24 schools signed up to participate in the project. The project culminated in a Department of Natural Resources-sponsored Horseshoe Crab Field Day at Flag Pond Nature Park in Calvert County. Students participated in outdoor activities to learn more about the issues surrounding horseshoe crabs.
Beginning in 2002, the department reorganized the project based on lessons learned from teacher feedback. Each year, a teacher workshop is held for registered schools to give them the most up-to-date information on how to successfully raise horseshoe crabs in the classroom and provide their students with an exciting educational experience.
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