Students Gather For First BaySavers Summit

On November 4th, 2000 Student BaySavers from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed participated in the first "Student BaySavers Summit." At the summit, students of all ages met, participated in projects to improve the health of the Bay, and learned techniques they could take back to their schoolyard. The summit was held at Clagett Farm in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. It's an organic vegetable farm and an education center owned and operated by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF).

The CBF also sponsors the Student BaySavers program. The program gives students the opportunity to take an active role in protecting and restoring the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The program helps young people develop the skills they need to become leaders in the effort to save the Bay.

More than 70 students at the summut learned the value of restoration while helping to complete five major projects. They planted a native grass and flower meadow, built American Kestrel and bluebird boxes, and planted low-lying shrubs in an effort to extend a woodland. Students also created a raingarden, a small garden designed to reduce toxic runoff into rivers, and a Garbage Graveyard that demonstrated how long it takes trash to decompose.

David Mummert and Dave Cola, CBF educators at Clagett Farm, believe the restoration projects are "good lessons that show there are creative and fun ways for each schoolyard to help the Chesapeake Bay."

"It was a great event- a warm, sunny day with a little breeze," said Morgan Pitts, a sophomore at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland who attended the summit. "It was the perfect time to plant trees."

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