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In-School Programs


All programs are held in schools, or on the school grounds. Programs are held during the school year.
A service fee of $2.00 per student helps to cover costs for material and supplies.

For more information please contact Verena Chase, Coast Kids Program Director at 410-629-1538 or by sending her an e-mail coastkids@actforbays.org.

Trash Free Lunch
(Recycling and Saving Energy)

Grades K to 2

Duration: 45 minutes
Students will identify ways to save energy in school or at home, and learn how to make a trash free school lunch.




What's In The Water?
(Pollution & Water Quality Monitoring)

Grades 3 to 6

Duration: 1 hour
This hands-on class explains non-point-source and point-source pollution using a topographic model of a coastal community. Students will learn the direct and indirect effects of pollution, and what they can do to avoid it. Additionally, students study basic water quality monitoring.




Where Do Fish Sticks Come From?
(Ocean Food Chain/Food Web)

Grades 4 to 8

Duration: 45 minutes to 1 hour
Younger students will study food chains, particularly in the ocean, using hands-on activities. Children will learn how fragile the balance within the food chain is, and what we can do to keep it healthy. Older students will learn about the ocean food web and trophic levels (primary producers, consumers, intermediate, top redators). The class focuses on human effects on the ocean food web, and how to make good choices using resources from the ocean.




Native, Introduced, and Invasive Species

Grades 6 to 8

Duration: 1 hour
Students study the difference between native, introduced, and invasive species. Introduction of nonnative species may happen intentionally or unintentionally, and may become beneficial or invasive. Students will learn about the effects of some of the worst, and some of the best introductions of non-native species. The class focuses on invasive species that were introduced to the Eastern Shore, and how to manage them once they are established.





Climate Change and Sea Level Rise

Grades 7 to 8

Duration: 1 hour
Students will first learn the difference between weather and climate, and what the greenhouse effect is. The latest research will show how climate changed in the past, and what predictions can be made for the future. Most importantly students will study the effects of climate change on the Eastern Shore.