Upcoming Workshops


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Feb. 21, 2013

Keystone Species - Virginia, Session 1 (Registration Closed-Full)

VCU Rice Center


Mar. 21, 2013

Keystone Species - Virginia, Session 2 (Registration Now Open)

VCU Rice Center


Feb. 28, 2013

Restoration Science, Session 1 (Registration Closed - Full)

ESTC, Oxford, MD


Mar. 14, 2013

Restoration Science, Session 2 (Registration Now Open)

ESTC, Oxford, MD


Keystone Species—Virginia

This workshop series will be held at the Rice Center in Charles City, Virginia. Session 1 will be February 21, 2013; session 2, March 21, 2013.

The Chesapeake Bay is known for the abundance of fish and shellfish that have made the Bay their home throughout history. Today, environmental and other pressures on Bay species and the health of those populations may be changing the complex trophic interactions within the Bay system. These pressures are coming from not only harvest, but changes in land use, expanding human populations, invasive species, disease, and more. The scientific community is constantly trying to better understand these important species and the way they interact with each other and the broader environment. This workshop series, conducted in partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, will bring together scientists and educators to learn about and discuss the history, current understanding, and future outlook for important (keystone) plants and animals in the Chesapeake Bay.

Restoration Science in the Chesapeake Bay

This workshop series will be held at the Environmental Science Training Center in Oxford, Maryland. Session 1 will be February 28, 2013; session 2, March 14, 2013.

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay and its 64,000-square-mile watershed is an enormous undertaking. Four centuries of population growth, land use changes, and the harvesting of Bay species have taken their toll on the Bay ecosystem, resulting in polluted waterways and dwindling natural resources. Today, after more than two decades of Bay and watershed restoration efforts, there has been a decrease in the amount of pollution coming to the Bay from the major tributaries. Although that's good news, a clean Bay is the ultimate restoration measure, and there is still quite a way to go. Some signs are positive, but other key indicators are lagging. Overall, the Bay remains degraded. However, people are working harder than ever to bring the estuary back to health through restoration efforts. During this workshop series, participants will explore the science that underlies some of the major restoration strategies being implemented in the Chesapeake region and consider how some of this science could be applied to education-scale restoration efforts being supported by the environmental education community in the region. The workshop will focus on species/ecosystem restoration using the Harris Creek oyster restoration project as a case study for understanding the evolution of species/ecosystem restoration science. The group will also look at wetland restoration efforts to illustrate the process of habitat restoration at places like Poplar Island and in the Port of Baltimore. Workshop goals:

  • Environmental educators develop an understanding of the science underlying large- and small-scale restoration efforts taking place in the Chesapeake Bay region.
  • Provide participants access to and knowledge of tools for exploring issues related to restoration science.
  • Provide participants access to and knowledge of high-quality existing education resources that help people understand and contribute to Bay restoration activities.
  • Cultivate hands-on/field-based activities for illustrating (conducting) the components of restoration science.
  • Provide the opportunity for educators and scientists to interact on topics related to Chesapeake Bay restoration.

More information on past workshops developed and hosted by the Environmental Science Training Center is available.