By Loren Anne Barnett
“Eagle!,” Jimmy Sollner yelled from his captain’s chair on CBF’s education boat Jenny S for the
tenth time. There were 20 of us aboard the 40-foot, jet-drive investigation boat, and the call
brought intended chuckles. It was a perfect day on Virginia’s Rappahannock River.
There are many ways to enjoy the Rappahannock: fishing, kayaking, and hiking, to name
a few. My choice for this visit was to join a class of teachers and CBF educators for the
first couple days of Teachers on the Bay. The week-long course, part of CBF’s professional
learning program and recognized by the Virginia Commonwealth University, is designed to
make connections between biology, chemistry, natural resource science, history, and culture
and the Chesapeake Bay—connections teachers can take back to the classroom.