Left: Future City competitors from
Middletown and Steelton Highspire Middle
Shools learned about stormwater runoff and
other water-quality issues during a CBF field
experience like the one pictured here.
The Susquehanna Watershed Education
Program gives students a firsthand look at
the impacts of different land use on the
health of Pennsylvania’s waterways.
JEFF ROGGE/CBF STAFF
Future City winners—Ruth White and Hunter Whaples—from Kenmoor Middle School in Landover,
Maryland, display their model city for CBF President Will Baker (center). They were joined by (from
left to right) CBF volunteer Brian Wessner, David Whaples (engineer), and Beth Novick (teacher).
Students from Kenmoor Middle School won their
Regional Future City Competition and placed in
the top five at the national level for their model
city, Estuaria. Left to right: Ruth White, David
Whaples (engineer), Hunter Whaples, Beth Novick
(teacher), and Lewis Campbell.
To learn more about the impact of
stormwater from the Harrisburg area on
the Susquehanna River, a team of stu-
dents from each of the two schools went
on a canoe-based field experience with
CBF’s Susquehanna Watershed Education
Program. They applied the knowledge
gained along the river as they built their
model cities and designed their presenta-
tions. The amateur engineers from
Middletown won the regional competi-
tion for their model city, Celatum.
Another team of regional winners from
Maryland—Kenmoor Middle School in
Landover—visited CBF’s Philip Merrill
Environmental Center to see green-build-
ing design at work. They incorporated
many of the runoff control methods used
at CBF’s headquarters in the design of
their model, Estuaria, which placed fifth in
the national competition.
These runoff-management models are just
one example of the kinds of projects CBF
hopes to foster and highlight through its
expanded student-engagement program.
“We know that CBF’s Education Programs
are inspiring and can be even life-changing,
for students who participate. Sometimes that
inspiration leads students to action, back at
home, at school or in the community,” says
Lucas Johnson, CBF’s new Student
Leadership Project Coordinator. “But without
some guidance, training, or support of some
kind, it can be difficult for most students to
figure out how to make an impact.” Providing
that support is part of Lucas’s job now.
uFor more information about CBF’s award-
winning Environmental Education Program, visit
Sarah Bodor is a senior staff
member in CBF’s Education
Department. She lives in
Annapolis with her husband
and three children.