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PO Box 97
14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688
P: 410-326-2042
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Home School Programs

sea starWednesday, November 19, 2014
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
River to Bay: Reflections and Connections
Special hands-on workshops for homeschoolers throughout the museum focusing on the animals, habitats, and environmental challenges in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For children ages 5-12 with an adult. Admission applies plus a program fee of $2 per child. Register in the lobby.

Registration: 10 a.m. in the lobby
Fee: $2 per person with admissions
Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The following on-going activities will take place throughout the museum:

Scavenger Hunt - Pick up your scavenger hunt from the Discovery Room. Explore the new aquarium exhibit, River to Bay, and discover life under the bay. Return it to the Discovery Room for a prize.

Connect It Game - In the Maritime History Hall, guests will use cards to explore the effects of climate change. Different scenarios are completed explaining how different actions can have a positive impact on the environment.

Trouble in the Food Chain - At the entrance to the Aquariums, use Jenga blocks to represent different species of a trophic chain, determine what happens to the whole ecosystem when a species disappears.

Adapt Yourself - Activity at the end of the Eco-Invaders exhibit. Observing the animals in our Estuarium, we will explore how animals adapt to their environments. Play the adaptation game by selecting a habitat and clothing and props to see if you could adapt to this habitat.

Schedule for Workshops: (most workshops last 20 minutes)

Maritime Hall


Maritime Hall

Activity Space

Harms Gallery

Ecology Games

Skates & Rays


Discovery Room

Chesapeake Critter Talks


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Chesapeake Critter Talk






Global Toss


Sea Stars


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Turbidity Tag


Horseshoe Crabs

Workshop Descriptions:

Secci Disk: Make a Secci Disk to take home and test the turbidity off your neighborhood dock. Learn what it is, how it's used, and what the results tell us about water quality.

Predator/Prey: Using a game format, players become sea grass and the animals that hunt and hide in it to discover the important role of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the environment.

Ecology Games: Each of the games described allows participants to learn about how the ecosystem works by becoming a part of it or discovering fascinating facts about it. Specific games will depend on the number of players available and the average age.

Chesapeake Critter Talk: Join one of our educators to learn fascinating facts about each of these museum inhabitants. It's a great way to get a personal encounter with these popular animals.