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Buggin’ Out in the Bay

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Grade Level: 6-10th

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Duration: 2 hours

Buggin’ Out in the Bay is a place-based education program focused on story-telling and investigation of Mariners’ Park watershed, which is part of the Lower James and Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Participants travel through time by diving into a timeline activity examining historic Mariners’ Lake photographs and learning the story behind The Mariners’ Museum and Park. Through hands-on demonstrations, students work through problems and solutions of permeable/impermeable surfaces and runoff into Mariners’ Lake. Outside near the Lake, students evaluate the current health of Mariners’ Lake by creating a hypothesis and testing it by examining the abiotic and biotic factors of the Lake. A variety of water quality tests and methods will be used in addition to sorting through leaf packs bursting with freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates. At the end, educators encourage students to reflect upon how they are part of solutions for a healthy watershed in Hampton Roads and the Chesapeake Bay. 

Learning Objectives

Students will: 

  • Practice scientific investigation skills, including data collection, recording, analysis, communication, teamwork, and
  • Gain a better understanding of how human impact (past, present, and future) directly relates to the health of our local Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Science (VDOE 2018):

  • Middle: 6.1 (a, b, c, d), 6.6 (a, b, d, f), 6.8 (a, b, c, d), 6.9 (a, b, e), LS.1 (a, b, c, d), LS.4, LS.5 (c), LS.6 (b, d), LS. 7 (a, b), LS.8 (a, c), LS.9 (a, b, c), LS.11 (c) 
  • High: ES.1 (a, b, c, d), ES.8 (c, d), ES.10 (e)  BIO.1(a, b, c, d), BIO.2 (a), BIO.6 (a, c), BIO.8 (b, d)

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • Middle: MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-5, MS-ESS3-4
  • High: HS-ESS3-1, HS-ESS3-4


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    All adults accompanying a field trip are free.
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