Chesapeake Bay Trust News & Events
From The Chesapeake Bay Trust
Smith Island: A Lesson in Environmental Education
At the end of May, the Chesapeake Bay Trust organized an environmental education training for the Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) on Smith Island. If you are unfamiliar with Smith Island, it’s a historic waterman’s community located in the Chesapeake Bay. Erosion and loss of wetlands has removed over 3,000 acres of land and reduced the population to about 56 people. CCC member Lori Johnson from the Anacostia Watershed Society shared some of the eye-opening experiences the group had during their training on our blog.
Looking for Something to do Around the Chesapeake Bay? Check out our Calendar!
Check out the Chesapeake Bay Trust events calendar for interesting activities and volunteer opportunities in your area. Need a place to publicize your event? Submit your event to our calendar, and it will be featured on our Twitter and Facebook pages as well!
Around the Bay
Maryland Students Create “Chesapeake Bay” House, Complete with Waterfall!
The University of Maryland has released its house design for the 2011 Solar Decathalon. Modeled after the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, this “WaterShed” has a butterfly shaped roof the funnels water into a catchment system, a green roof containing native plants, and a waterfall that sucks the humidity out of the air! Wouldn’t that be perfect during these hot summer nights?
Has Chessie Been Found?
The legend of “Chessie” has been passed down through generations, and most Marylanders know the tale of the huge aquatic beast rumored to live in the Chesapeake Bay waters. An Edgewater homeowner was in for a surprise when he made his way down to his dock on Thursday, with what looked like the remnants of a large animal floating in the water. Could Chessie have finally been found?
Chesapeake Bay Events
Great Chesapeake Bay Swim Donates to the Trust
On June 12, more than 1,000 swimmers took to the Chesapeake Bay to complete in the 20th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. This open-water swimming competition consists of a marathon 4.4 mile swim between the two spans of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, as well as a tamer 1 mile swim on Maryland’s Eastern Shore side of the Bay. The Great Chesapeake Bay Swim was first introduced in 1992, and has raised over $1.1 million for several local charities, including the Trust. You can watch a video of the swim and check out these fantastic photos from the event. Congratulations to these exceptional and inspirational athletes!
Pitch a Tent: America’s Great Backyard Campout is June 25
Want a great way to get your children out from behind those video games and into nature? Participate in the National Wildlife Foundation’s, Great American Backyard Campout! Spend a night under the stars as a family cooking smores, telling fireside stories, and most of all, appreciating nature. Visit the National Wildlife Foundation for camping tips, songs, recipes, games and more! Live in Maryland and need a place to camp? Visit the Department of Natural Resources for a camping location near you.
Annapolis Irish Festival Coming July 9
Save the date and get out your green for the must-see festival of the year! The Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds is going Irish with live music, traditional Irish dancers, food, crafts and a “Little Leprechaun Land” for the wee ones. For the next three weeks the Chesapeake Bay Trust will be giving away FREE tickets for the Annapolis Irish Festival through our Facebook Page. Also, make sure to buy your tickets online on July 5 what has been deemed “Chesapeake Bay Trust Ticket Day” as part of the proceeds will be donated to the Trust!
Baseball for the Bay
The Bowie Baysox are off to a tremendous start this year, and it could be due to their fancy new Friday night uniforms! This year the Baysox have partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Trust to make every Friday night home game all about the Chesapeake Bay. This Friday, watch the Baysox take on Binghamton while supporting two Chesapeake Bay watershed organizations, Box of Rain and Little Falls Watershed. When you buy your tickets online, use the special offer code “RAIN” or “FALLS” to donate to the organization of your choice. Let’s go Baysox!
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