Registration for all Field Trip Programs and Virtual Programs 

CMM Virtual Programming for the Classroom.
Join CMM for a virtual fieldtrip experience!

The CMM Education Team has created five new and unique programs for students K-8 to engage in activities focusing on paleontology, estuarine biology, and maritime history. 

Each program is available to public, private, and homeschool groups of 10 children or more. You must complete the registration for your requested virtual fieldtrip experience and we will send you the corresponding website link. 

For Virtual Programming 

Please register here.
All requests will be fulfilled Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Contact Information

For Registration for museum and field based programs:

Melissa McCormick

Group and Visitor Services Coordinator

(410) 326-2042, ext. 8083

Office hours are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.,

Monday through Friday.

Chesapeake Bay Field LabGrades 6-8
While learning about Chesapeake Bay oysters and blue crabs during this science-based program, students will examine current water quality data and formulate theories as to what factors influence the conditions in the Chesapeake Bay. As a case study, students will learn about the whale through time and make predictions about the effects of cyclical environmental changes. We will also explore regional invasive species. Students will have the opportunity to create solutions to current threats to the ecology of the local waters.

Supports Next Generation Science Standards 
blue crab

Miocene Mysteries: Clues to the PastGrades 3-5
In this paleontology program, students explore how fossils are formed, the different types of fossils, and what fossils can tell us about life in our geologic past. Using our virtual field trip website, students will gain a better understanding of these clues to the past. Our lessons focus on Megalodon, the largest predator that ever lived. Using teeth, bones, and other fossils, students will piece together what the climate was like during the Miocene Epoch. They will also discover how paleontologists use fossil evidence to determine the size and diet of prehistoric life forms, and what might have contributed to the extinction of an apex predator like Megalodon. Meg with One Hand, M Baughman-SM
Supports Next Generation Science Standards

Life on the Water: Maritime Heritage on the Chesapeake BayGrades 3-5
In this social studies program, students explore a variety of jobs available to the men and women who lived in Southern Maryland during the late 19th century. Students will learn how these jobs were essential to the economy of Southern Maryland and helped link this area to the rest of the state and the nation. In the following lessons, students will learn what it takes to design the proper boat for each specific profession, what important jobs there were on the Chesapeake Bay, and how to have a successful season as a waterman harvesting oysters. This program is designed either to be used as a virtual field trip program or teacher-guided activities. 

Supports Maryland Social Studies Framework Standards

Chesapeake Bay Watershed Field GuideGrades 3-5
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Field Guide is a self-guided tour for upper elementary students visiting the Calvert Marine Museum. It is a cross-disciplinary program that introduces students to the Chesapeake Bay as an estuarine habitat and a watershed. Students participating in this program will be given a field guide and related materials that will guide their exploration of the museum exhibits. In the course of the program, students will learn the importance of water clarity for the health of plants and animals in the bay and will experience hands-on science by measuring and recording water clarity using a Secchi disc which will be provided for use in the museum’s boat basin. In addition, students will discover a wide variety of adaptations, including camouflage used by Chesapeake Bay animals in their native habitats. Finally, students will reflect upon the impact that humans have on the bay and will craft a stewardship message that encourages others to consider the health of the bay as a shared value and responsibility.
This is self guided at the Calvert Marine Museum and museum admission fees apply.


Supports Next Generation Science Standards

Squeak and His Saltmarsh Friends!Grades K-2
Join Squeak the North American river otter and the educators of Calvert Marine Museum on an “otterly” fantastic journey to the marsh habitat of the Chesapeake Bay. Listen to a lively storybook about Squeak, a rescued river otter that came to live at Calvert Marine Museum. Watch a video to explore many of the unique plants and animals that make up the marsh environment and create a picture to compare this habitat to other habitats. This program meets several of the lower elementary Next Generation Science Standards and is designed to be led by a classroom teacher with the aid of virtual resources provided by Calvert Marine Museum. 

Supports Next Generation Science Standards and 
English Language Arts

Chesapeake Bay: Animal AdaptationsGrades K-2
Explore how animals of the Chesapeake Bay adapt to the various habitats. This program is designed to support the Next Generation Science Standards for grades K-2 on habitat and adaptations. Students will gain an understanding of how the external parts of animals help them to survive by focusing on animals with a hard shell or exoskeleton for protection. Start your virtual adventure by viewing a short video of a Maryland blue crab that lives in the sea grasses in our River to Bay exhibit to determine how they protect themselves. Through virtual resources, students will focus on the terrapin, horseshoe crab, sea star, and whelk, which all have a hard shell/exoskeleton for protection.

Supports Next Generation Science Standards and
English Language Arts
Horseshoe Crab

Calvert County Public Schools 4th Grade CHESPAX Program
Our 4th grade CHESPAX program is geared toward science with a focus on paleontology, ecology/biology, and Chesapeake Bay history. Each “trip” is organized as a Google Site loaded with teacher resources, lesson plans, and activities that teachers can assign to students or do together as a class. Our programs are rooted in Next Generation Science Standards and listed on the homepage of our site.

Supports Next Generation Science Standards

You must be a 4th grade Calvert County public school teacher to request this programming. Please request your program HERE.
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