Is your middle school student interested in science, being outdoors, learning by doing, and experimenting? The Calvert Marine Museum is offering the perfect program: the Summer Environmental Institute. This is a very serious name for a fun, hands-on camp experience that will give kids a chance to get out on the water, into the marsh, behind the scenes at the museum, and into science labs at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL).
Camp is July 20 – August 3 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and costs just $50. Visit the Calvert Marine Musuem website or call 410-326-2042 ext. 41 to register.
The kids will have an opportunity to talk with CBL scientists who have collected base data on the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years. They will learn to interpret the information, review the trends, and learn to do water sampling and analysis to see how results compare. They will explore how natural events, such as Tropical Storm Lee, can have an enormous impact on the Chesapeake Bay – and how that impact affects the environment. They will map a section of shoreline from the museum’s historic bugeye, William B. Tennison. They will see the impacts of erosion, visit a shoreline restoration project at Cove Point, and a living shoreline in Solomons as part of an exploration for solutions.
This summer camp experience is sponsored by the Calvert Marine Museum and Chesapeake Biological Laboratory with the support of a grant funded by the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust. This partnership and combination of resources will bring environmental science to life for an unforgettable experience!