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Elementary StudentsLearn about Chesapeake Bay Species and Their Habitats FirsthandatEastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.
Northeast Region, May 20, 2011
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On Friday, May 20, 2011, 50 students, 15 of their parents and siblings, and three teachers from the Chestertown Christian Academy spent an adventurous school day outside at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.  The students represented three classrooms from pre-kindergarten through first grade. The purpose of the field trip was for kids to learn about and physically explore Chesapeake Bay habitats.  The day started out on the lawn of the refuge office/ visitor contact station with students learning about the history of the refuge and doing the 'Habitat Dance' to help them understand the key components of habitat.  The children then explored forest, marsh, and grassland habitats on the refuge while keeping an eye out for five native species that are 'characters' in books they are reading.  In addition to numerous wildlife spottings, a highlight of the day was playing 'Protect the Bay,' a game of tag modified to help the children learn how the forested buffer strips being planted along the edges of refuge agricultural fields will help reduce chemical and sediment runoff into Chesapeake Bay.

Contact Info: Colby Hawkinson, (410) 639-7056 ext. 222, colby_hawkinson@fws.gov
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