Wheels of Change in Baltimore

By Lacey Hankin, National Geographic Education Baltimore is both famous and infamous for its Inner Harbor waterfront. The city draws thousands of tourists to its historical harbor attractions, but the water is so polluted that you need to keep a safe distance. The harbor consistently receives a failing grade in its annual Chesapeake Bay Report Card, which has spurred citywide efforts to improve the state of the … Continue reading Wheels of Change in Baltimore

Salty Ancient Seawater Found Beneath Chesapeake Bay

GEOGRAPHY AWARENESS WEEK! SCIENCE Scientists have discovered a pocket of ancient seawater that’s been trapped underground near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay since the time of the dinosaurs—strong evidence that the Atlantic Ocean was once much saltier than today. (NPR) Did someone say Chesapeake Bay water quality?! Discussion Ideas The pockets of ancient Atlantic seawater found near Cape Charles, Virginia, are twice as salty … Continue reading Salty Ancient Seawater Found Beneath Chesapeake Bay

Jamestown 400th Anniversary

Jamestown, Virginia celebrated it’s 400-year anniversary this past weekend with a three-day festival remembering the first English colony established in what became the United States of America. Bring Jamestown’s history into your classroom with National Geographic’s kids game–On the Trail of Captain John Smith: A Jamestown Adventure. Follow Captain John Smith as he meets the Native Americans who inhabit the area, explores the Chesapeake Bay, … Continue reading Jamestown 400th Anniversary

Virtual Field Trip—No Permission Slip Needed

This weekend, 12 Pennsylvania high school students are setting off on the ultimate field trip. They’re going to spend the next 30 days canoeing 444 miles down the Susquehanna River from Cooperstown, New York, to Annapolis, Maryland. It’s all part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Expedition Susquehanna: Connecting Communities to Creeks. During the journey, the students will learn about water quality concerns (the Susquehanna has … Continue reading Virtual Field Trip—No Permission Slip Needed