KENNY FLETCHER/CBF STAFF
TIFFANY GRANBERG/CBF STAFF
Environmental education has long been a cornerstone of CBF’s efforts to save the Bay. For almost fifty years, CBF has
given students, teachers, and others throughout the watershed unique outdoor educational experiences in some of the
region’s most inspiring places. These four programs are celebrating significant milestones this year.
Eager to get on the water, students are involved
in all aspects of a day in the field with our mobile
Elisabeth Reed Carter Virginia Canoe Program. Whether they
are getting boats off the trailer, testing water quality samples,
or making observations about local riparian buffer zones along
the creeks they explore, this field program has been immersing
students in the local tidal waters from the Potomac to the
James Rivers for 25 years.
CBF’s Karen Noonan Education Center is ric
history and named in honor of an environmentally
passionate teacher and daughter. In 1996, the center was
redesigned and updated as a LEED-certified education building
that showcases the vibrant history of the area and its resources
while educating thousands of participants every year. A huge
thank-you to Pat Noonan and his family for establishing this
center for so many to experience over the years.
A place unlike any other, Fox Island
Environmental Education Center, a former
hunting lodge that sits upon pilings, has a magic that has
been going strong for 40 years. Students and teachers feel
the power of the wind in their hair and the sun on their face
from the rooftop deck; they hear the waves lapping under the
building; and they take home a respect for the Bay that is
deeper than they ever knew was possible.
Land and water ideally meet for a day at our
Philip Merrill Education Program, which has
grown and evolved since it began 10 years ago. Students
spend their day around CBF’s headquarters in Annapolis
investigating water quality from their canoes, hiking the trails
to understand how wetlands and hardwood trees create ideal
shoreline habitat, or touring CBF’s groundbreaking building for
a look at green architecture and jobs in conservation.