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Earth Science Week Leaves No Child Inside

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The American Geological Institute has organized Earth Science Week since 1998. Last year, they added "No Child Left Inside Day" to the celebration as a way to get kids to experience earth science hands on. This year's nationwide celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13th.

A full kit with media suggestions, activity guides, helpful hints for bringing on community partners, and classroom follow-up ideas is available on their website. Host your own NCLI event and invite your legislators to join you!

Check out all of the details here.

Learn more about No Child Left Inside at www.nclicoalition.org.


CBF Sanctuary Garden Open House

Aerial photo of CBF's Merrill Center. Photo by David Hartcorn

Come visit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's (CBF) Sanctuary Garden at our headquarters in Annapolis, MD. This special open house will include a native seed propagation demonstration and an opportunity to purchase hard-to-find native plants.

The event will be held Saturday, October 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To register and for directions, please contact Sheila Gallagher at Sheila.Gallagher22@comcast.net or call 410-867-0113.


And Away Go...Candy Wrappers?...Down the Drain

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Stormwater -- for some reason it's difficult for a lot of folks to make the connection between what's on their roads and lawns and what ends up in the Bay. I think a lot of people see storm drains on their streets but don't really think about them.

Well, Baltimore radio reporter Joel McCord had an excellent piece on WYPR 88.1 FM this morning that creates a clear picture of why storm drains and stormwater are keys to a clean Bay. Listen online at WYPR.org.


Vote for the 2009 Youth Thrive Awards

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The Youth Thrive Awards from GreatNonprofits recognizes the top-rated youth-focused nonprofits. Support your favorite youth-focused nonprofit by writing a review for their page on GreatNonprofits.org. Individuals who post reviews of the winners will be eligible to win great prizes, too!

Contest deadline: September 30

Show your support for CBF's education and volunteer programs. Write your review today!


CBF Member Rows for Clean Water

James Caple on the boat 'Pura Vida' during training row in Plymouth, Devon, UK. Sept. 2008

When James Caple sent us an e-mail about his upcoming Chesapeake Bay Challenge, we were honored he selected the Chesapeake Bay Foundation fight for clean water as a focal point for his message of "raising awareness for the ecological concerns of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding watershed regions." His challenge starts tomorrow, September 18. We're happy to share his story with you here.

By James Caple of Falls Church, VA

For me, there seems to be a strange, ethereal connection between Cornwall, UK, and Ocean Rowing. About a year ago, I set off for the Cornish Coast to look at ocean rowing boats and to partake in a training ocean row sponsored by Woodvale Challenge Events in Plymouth. My intent at the time was to investigate the possibility of becoming a participant in an Ocean Rowing Race. This year, I've set my sites on rowing across the Chesapeake Bay—well, half way across anyway. On September 18th, I will launch from Reedville, VA, and row out to Tangier Island where I plan to hang out for a couple of nights. I then plan to row back into Reedville early Sunday afternoon. The synchronistic Cornish connection with this particular row is that after Captain John Smith first documented the existence of Tangier Island in 1608, settlers arrived there from Cornwall, England, nearly 12 years later. 

Another aspect of this particular row is my desire to raise awareness for the importance of the Bay and the surrounding watershed regions. As a competitive rower, I row on number of different bodies of water, including the Potomac, Occoquan, Charles, and sometimes the Schuykill, rivers. Rowers and paddlers get a good feel for the ecological state of the waters they workout and play on probably better than most people—they are closer to the water than regular boaters, and they move slower through their environment, which helps to increase awareness about smaller details around them. During my morning workouts, I've noticed that there is some great wildlife on the Potomac river; I've also noticed that the water can smell and look quite awe full at times due to sewage and other pollution being put in the water. This is a big reason that I'd like my row out to Tangier Island and back be about raising awareness for the ecological concerns of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding watershed regions. September 19th is also the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup Day, so it's a great weekend to get out and do something positive for our aquatic environments.

Smith Point Marina in Reedville, VA, and Alexandria Community Rowing have been invaluable partners in helping me implement this row, as have Allison Caple, John Clayborne, Alan Weatherley, and Brian Schexnayder.

So here's to Cornwall, Tangier Island, Ocean Rowing and the preservation and renewal of our pristine natural resources.

You can track my progress this weekend on my blog at: http://www.rowthepond.com

James Caple

Boaters for the Bay Logo If you're a boater, rower, sailor, or angler and you want to show your support for a clean Bay, we invite you to join James as a CBF Boater for the Bay. Just go to cbf.org/boaters for more information.


Richmond - Walk with us to support safer streets

Cycling and Pedestrian Awareness Walk 
Thursday, September 17th; 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Richmond, VA

WALK WITH US TO SUPPORT SAFER STREETS!      
Join our walk and help emphasize the importance for creating walk-able and bike-able communities where safe roadway sharing is standard. This is a rain or shine event and will include sights such as Kawanza Plaza, Brown's Island, Richmond's Canal Walk, and State Capital grounds. 

Walkers should meet outside of the Capital Place Building located at 1108 East Main Street, across from the Bank of America building. There will be great give-aways, good company - including staff from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and BikeWalk Virginia, good exercise, and a good cause! Cue sheet and freebies provided at the start!   
 
Please RSVP to Jbarton@cbf.org

Hope to see you there!
 

CBF's Will Baker on WYPR Thursday

Tune into Baltimore public radio station WYPR 88.1 FM Thursday (September 17th) at noon to hear CBF President Will Baker on the Dan Rodricks show. Will will be Mr. Rodrick’s guest and will discuss the draft Executive Order reports issued last week. Those reports outline the federal government’s new leadership for the Chesapeake and the kinds of strategies federal agencies proposed to take.


Listen Thursday or catch the podcast, then share your thoughts with us here.