1st – 6th
In this lesson, students will learn about the Poplar Island Ecosystem and Restoration Project and “restore” an island of their own using natural materials.
The Port of Baltimore brings financial prosperity to the state of Maryland and provides many jobs for residents. In order to keep the Port open for business, shipping channels must be kept deep enough so large ships that typically travel in the ocean can safely reach Baltimore.
Placement sites are used to contain the sediment dredged from these channels and are sometimes beneficially used to restore and support habitat.
An example is the Poplar Island Ecosystem Restoration Project which uses the sediment to restore remote island habitat within the Chesapeake Bay! This habitat attracts a wide array of animals which benefit from the protection provided by the island’s remote location away from mainland predators.
After a open 10-15 minute discussion have participants compare and contrast Rancocas Creek tidal and non-tidal sediment w that of the Port of Baltimore. First make sure you know where the Rancocas Creek is found. Can you describe some of Rancocas Creek natural features and ecosystems. Identify different level and power of tides between these locations.
Join your students in building a model island and learn some of the science behind habitat restoration that improves the lives of animals throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
See attached suggestions for educational material on “restoring an island”. pssssssttttttttt……involves sand and water….makes a small splash, easy nuff to “square away the galley”.