Education - For Teachers

People collecting data out in the field.Our goal is to help you bring science to life for you and your students through the use of authentic research and data collected. Numerous field based programs are offered throughout the Reserve’s components through use of boats, hiking trails and boardwalks. These national and state standards-based programs are designed to be modified to meet the needs of the program participants. In addition to the field programs Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Maryland, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) and the Department of Natural Resources, also provide professional development opportunities, high quality classroom based activities and curricula that focus on estuarine issues and environmental literacy. For more details on any of these opportunities, please contact our Education Coordinator at​

Field Programs

The Reserve and the com​ponent sites offer many hands-on, standards based field investigations for students of all ages. Please visit our “Visit Us” page for links  to our  component sites’ education pages.

Environmental Literacy

The Reserve is committed to providing special opportunities for students and their teachers and families to meet the Environmental Literacy Graduation Requirement!

Professional Development

The Reserve offers professional development opportunities for pre-service teachers and teachers during summer months.  These courses are designed to provide participants with an understanding of estuaries and methods for incorporating estuarine issues and data into their classrooms and field work.

Estuary 101

Reserve educators would like to invite you and your Middle School or High School students to explore the world of estuaries with these interactive, web-based curricula. Estuaries 101 deepens students understanding about estuaries and their affect on our daily lives by offering an exciting context for learning about math, geography, chemistry, marine science, and other fields.