About Us

Our Mission

Is to provide environmental education through hands-on authentic programs and experiences that are designed to inspire a passion to preserve and protect Maryland’s waterways.  We believe that environmental stewardship is a lifelong pursuit that starts with providing education at a young age to help students understand their impact on the environment and instill a lifetime of respect for our waterways.

Our Story

Growing up living on and near the water, ClearShark H2O’s co-founders, Martin and Nichole Bentz, saw first-hand the many benefits Maryland’s waterways offered to the community. They understood the importance of protecting it, which inspired the founding of ClearShark H2O and its focus on connecting the community to its waterways. Realizing that not all residents have the same opportunity to access the waterway to develop this appreciation, ClearShark H2O has focused its environmental educational programs on inspiring locals through hands-on programming.

ClearShark H2O is the first initiative of ClearShark Charitable Foundation, a non-profit established by Martin and Nichole. Martin is also the CEO and Founder of ClearShark, LLC, a leading cybersecurity and IT solutions provider in Hanover, Maryland. Nichole, the Executive Director of ClearShark H2O, enjoyed a successful career in the IT field at Northrop Grumman prior to focusing her work on ClearShark H2O full-time.

ClearShark H2O is a small local grassroots organization comprised of several volunteers, one part-time paid educator, and high school/college interns. The volunteers include educators from Anne Arundel County Public Schools, local business owners, and current/retired business professionals.

Our Team

ClearShark Charitable Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 47-5465961) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.