Holy Cross was the first in-person group the Chesapeake Bay Foundation hosted in over 600 days when the AP Biology and AP Environmental classes visited the Philip Merrill Environmental Center in Annapolis, MD on Monday, September 20. In 2020-2021, Holy Cross was the first virtual field trip the CBF hosted. “We don't know who was more excited—the experts at CBF or us to be out and together on the bay,” said Alison Simon, Holy Cross Science Department Chair. “One of the guides was almost in tears at the end, thanking us for such a great day and starting off in-person field trips again.”
The students spent the day in high waders out in tidal water and canoeing. Their activities included conducting water quality tests; examining how the wetlands serves as a filter for pollution that enter the bay; net fishing along the shore and along the dock where oyster reefs are being cultivated; and catching and studying juvenile fish, jellyfish, skillet fish, mudcrabs, and a variety of arthropods. Both classes recently began their ecology units, and this trip was a perfect start of their investigation of ecosystems and human impact.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s mission to “Save the Bay” is cultivated in their educational efforts of the younger generation so they grow up acknowledging the importance of this body of water. Holy Cross is grateful for its long relationship with the educational programs offered by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.