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Chesapeake Bay Education Website Launched!

Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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The Chesapeake Bay Program has launched, an online resource for teachers and environmental educators to engage students in hands-on learning about the Chesapeake Bay and its local waterways.  The Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Water Trails Network, managed by the National Park Service's Chesapeake Bay Office (CBO), is a key partner in the broader Bay Program, which includes local, state and federal agencies such as NOAA and EPA.  NPS-CBO Web Administrator, Mike Land, played a principal role in the design and production of the innovative BayBackpack website.   

Bay Backpack provides educators with resources to give their students a Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience (MWEE) -  defined as an extensive project that allows students to gain a deep understanding of environmental issues in the region. Bay Program partners work with state and local education departments to ensure that all students in the watershed receive three MWEEs before they graduate from high school.

Bay Backpack  also includes:

More than 500 books, lesson plans, curriculum guides and other materials to support classroom studies.

An interactive map that lists more than 300 outdoor educational programs throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

A training calendar with professional development opportunities for educators.

A list of grant programs that provide funding to support environmental education

To learn more about Bay Backpack, visit or follow Bay Backpack on Twitter @baybackpack to receive additional education-related news and resources.


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