Oct 11 Chesapeake Bay
As citizens of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, students in this place based Connect unit explored how this estuary is woven through all aspects of our lives. We looked at the Chesapeake Bay’s rich history from geological formation to indigenous peoples and European settlement. In small groups we followed the path of a raindrop from our own front lawn, down the streets of Bethesda, to the Potomac river and out to the ocean.
MYSA School partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to attend an Oyster Shell Shaking event at the Oyster Restoration center to learn how these bivalves are the key to restoring the health of the bay. We volunteered at a local organic farm where we studied permaculture and got our hands dirty in red wiggler worm bins. Finally we interviewed three stakeholders in the health of the bay–a local oysterman, the South River Riverkeeper, and a Maryland State land trust surveyor.