The National Aquarium engages sixth-grade students from Baltimore City Public Schools in researching aquatic species that live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Students test water quality in the Inner Harbor outside the Aquarium to form hypotheses about what Chesapeake Bay animals live there; they then test their hypotheses by conducting an animal survey. After the investigation, students recommend community action projects to improve the local watershed.
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Below you will find a downloadable zip file that contains all of the general information and pre-visit documents you will need while you are planning for your What Lives in the Harbor field trip, along with links to downloadable pre-visit videos.
Be sure to download the zip file below. It contains: important things to know, a waiver, a map, a tentative agenda, a student form, a parent form, a program overview and assignment, a data sheet, animal fact sheets, a flip flop activity, a specific card rubric, and a scenario activity sheet.
Grant funding for this project is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Support is also provided by Morgan State University, Towson University and University of Baltimore.