Smith Island: Located within Tylerton, one of three watermen’s
communities on Smith Island, this center emphasizes the culture
and ecology of a Chesapeake fishing village. Steeped in
Chesapeake lore and heritage, Smith Island is the largest
inhabited offshore island in the Bay. Participants gain insight
into island culture to better understand how the community has
interacted with the Bay for more than 300 years.
Baltimore: The workboat Snow Goose provides a unique
platform from which participants study the dynamic relationship
between the Port of Baltimore and the Chesapeake Bay’s
Patapsco River. Students investigate environmental issues and
trends, often within the context of urban ecology.
Virginia Watershed Education Program: While paddling
freshwater, non-tidal rivers and streams, students, and educators
examine the relationship between human activities and water
quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Hands-on activities
encourage sensitivity and knowledge of local ecosystems, giving
relevance and greater understanding to classroom curricula.
Hampton Roads: Near the southernmost port on the
Chesapeake, students aboard the workboat Bea Hayman Clark
explore the Elizabeth and James Rivers and learn firsthand
about the relationship between the land, the rivers, and the Bay.