Our Programs

Maryland is home to nearly 8,000 miles of shoreline, and we want to make sure that Marylanders have access to it and realize the many benefits it offers.

ClearShark H2O creates and offers hands-on programs and experiences for the community and youth that are designed to inspire a passion for Maryland’s waterways, and connect them with one of the State’s most cherished resources.

Oyster & Environmental Education

Many children in Maryland are surrounded by water, but lack the resources to learn more about them.

We created a three-year, Oyster & Environmental Education program for middle school students to educate them about their local waterways. The unique program includes field trips to local, environmental institutions and museums as well as valuable learning opportunities in the classroom.

Lesson activities include Environmental Ed. Activity “Who polluted the Chesapeake”. It is a hands-on activity that allows the students to visibly see the effects of all types of pollution in our local waterways. The debrief follow up tackles questions on what the students can do better (both at school and home) to prevent these type of things from happening. Oyster History and Life Cycle (with shellacked shells) - This activity explains what has happened to this keystone species in the Chesapeake and shows 4 stages of oyster growth through shellacked shells that the students can see and touch. Live Oyster Dissection
This activity allows students to see and touch a live oyster and identify a few key (and mushy) organs inside their protective shell!

Little Skipjacks

Educating young kids about their impact on the world and local environment is an important part of our mission.

Offered in partnership with the Annapolis Maritime Museum, the Little Skipjacks program caters to Pre-K and Preschool aged children and provides an hour-long, hands-on lesson about the animals that live among an oyster reef.

Lesson activities include oyster-related story time, using senses to explore an oyster shell, interacting with small, living critters that live on an oyster reef, and more!

Chesapeake Champions

The goal the Chesapeake Champions program, offered by the Annapolis Maritime Museum is to foster a sense of personal ownership of local environmental issues as well as a feeling of empowerment in resolving these issues. By instilling a sense of place and a connection to that place, this program focuses on encouraging community ownership and environmental stewardship in each student who completes our program.

2nd grade students will learn their connection to the Chesapeake Bay by examining the Bay through the lens of science, social studies, and art through this year-long program.

This program has 4 components - 2 of which are held in the classroom and 2 at the AMM campus. The students will create, implement and share a project and perform experiments. At the end of this yearlong program, students will understand: What the Chesapeake Bay is and where it’s located, How people use the Chesapeake Bay, Which animals use the Chesapeake Bay as a 
habitat, How to conduct a long-term experiment, How people’s actions in the watershed affect the Chesapeake Bay
, What students can do to help the Chesapeake Bay, How the shoreline plants influence erosion

Oyster Games

One of our goals is to help youth in our community interact with and enjoy Maryland’s waterways.

We are bringing interactive STEM environmental education programs, called the Oyster Games, to our communities. Regardless of your proximity to the water, ORP has the staff, gear, supplies and knowledge to bring fun and affordable oyster programs to students of all ages.

These programs share one key objective – Oysters are used to educate students on the Chesapeake Bay, ecosystem and the important role we all play in the Bay’s recovery.

If interested in offering one of our programs in your school, contact our Executive Director, Nichole Bentz, at nichole@clearsharkh2o.org today.

Become a Partner

We’re always on the lookout for partners that we can collaborate with to create programs and initiatives that educate our community and youth about Maryland’s waterways. Please contact our Executive Director, Nichole Bentz, at nichole@clearsharkh2o.org with details on how you’d like to work together.

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