Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Current: The Journal of Marine Education
The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia (CBNERR), located at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), coordinates Climate Education for a Changing Bay (CECB), a program providing meaningful watershed educational experiences (MWEEs) that are fully integrated and systemic into the classroom curriculum for ninth grade students in Gloucester and Mathews County, Virginia. CECB also provides interrelated professional development opportunities for teachers in the region. The overall objective of CECB is to improve climate literacy within local high schools by advancing the use of locally relevant environmental data and information in classroom curriculum, field experiences, and professional teacher training. Students have three experiences with CBNERR Education staff: a classroom visit will be the students’ initial exposure to climate change science and the impacts that it will have on natural ecosystems, coastal communities, and local issues; a field experience on the schoolgrounds outlined in the activity; and a field experience at VIMS. Throughout the program, salt marshes are used as a model ecosystem to study the impacts of climate change
STEM education, climate literacy, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, CBNERR
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Nuss, Sarah and Beck, Jacklyn, Enhancing Climate Education for a Changing Chesapeake Bay (2015). Current: The Journal of Marine Education, 29(2), 7-11.