Reading the Signs-Changes to the Chesapeake Bay since its Exploration by Captain John Smith
Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
This project will combine research and educational programming to document and interpret the changes to the Chesapeake Bay watershed since Captain John Smith first saw it in the 17th century, and will provide students with information on their role in the stewardship of the Bay. A diagnostic collection of wood and charcoal samples from Maryland archaeological sites will document changes in forest composition. This collection, to be housed in the Maryland Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) at the park, can be paired with other existing research information such as pollen analysis from deep sediment cores, oyster shell physiology, and reduction in submerged aquatic vegetation, to create a curriculum-based program in which middle school students will compare and contrast conditions in the Bay watershed over time. The educational program will be developed to include classroom, field and laboratory components.
Amount Funded: $30,000.00
Start Date: 10/03/2007