Eleven girls from AP Environmental Science, IB Environmental Systems and Societies SL, and IB Biology HL attended the annual Chesapeake Bay Foundation field trip October 2-4. The group traveled to the CBF's Karen Noonan Environmental Education Center located in Maryland's Blackwater Wildlife Refuge. Their activities included marsh mucking, setting crab pots, oyster raking, capturing marsh organisms using different netting techniques, viewing the Milky Way Galaxy, and trying "Marsh Yoga." While there the girls also followed a sustainable living challenge, by reducing water usage, lowering electricity usage and eliminating food waste. Chaperones were Science teacher Casey Robertson and Art teacher Christine Cover, who added a painting activity as an arts integration activity to the trip.
The field trip is a powerful experience for the students, who all remarked that it was one of the most memorable opportunities they have had in high school. Grace Blanco '20 noted, "places like the Karen Noonan Center are so important to teach children about the environment and why we have to protect it." Rose Weisgerber says, "learning all about the native animals and the surrounding environment will definitely be a highlight of our class and senior year."