Mornings at the Museum
Join CMM Education staff throughout the summer (July and August) and explore pollinators, fossils, and crustaceans! Mornings at the Museum offer elementary and middle school students the opportunity to learn about a specific topic that interests them at the Calvert Marine Museum. Details and registration links are below!
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Join CMM educators for a morning of exploration, crafts, stories, and fun related to plants and pollinators. We will explore the Calvert Marine Museum Children’s Garden, plant flower or vegetable seeds for your home garden, go on a nature walk, read stories, and identify things that bloom and buzz around the bay.
At 10 a.m., participants are dropped off at the Calvert Marine Museum. We will be outside rain or shine - be sure to pack your umbrella and rain boots! If you have a favorite hat or garden trowel, we encourage you to bring them. Please bring you own water bottles; they can be refilled at the museum.
At 10 a.m., participants are dropped off at the Cove Point Lighthouse, where they will meet CMM educators. The program leader teaches a short lesson on local Miocene fossils and what to look for along the beach. From 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., you will explore the beach to search for fossilized shells, bones, and shark teeth. After fossil collecting, work with museum educators to identify the fossils you have found. The program ends at 12 p.m.
Please wear appropriate clothing for beach combing (don't forget water shoes and sunscreen). A change of clothes is recommended. If you have any sifters or other tools you use for fossil hunting, we encourage you to bring them. Please bring you own water bottles as there isn't a drinking water source at the program site.
Join a CMM educator on the historic William B. Tennison for a hands-on blue crab educational experience. This youth field program uses live blue crabs to illustrate their life cycle and how to identify male and female crabs. Discover the history of the blue crab fishery on the Patuxent River, and learn the ins and outs of our annual blue crab harvest.
Participants will meet CMM staff under the Drum Point Lighthouse at 9:45 a.m. for a safety lesson and distribution of PFDs. Please wear appropriate clothing for being on open water. Please bring you own water bottles; refills will be available on the vessel. Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen! Participants are required to have an adult accompany them for the trip. Boat capacity limit is 40 people.