Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Our Education Programs

students on research boat taking measurements
"The object is to teach the student to see the land, to understand
what he sees, and enjoy what he understands."
– Aldo Leopold, author and educator,
The Role of Wildlife in a Liberal Education

Maryland Sea Grant works to increase marine science literacy across the full spectrum of education, from children in grade school to Ph.D. candidates.

We are committed to helping inform and equip citizens to take on the long-term challenges of protecting the environmental and economic sustainability of Maryland’s coastal resources. We want Marylanders to be able to continue to enjoy the Chesapeake Bay for generations to come.

Environmental science has increasingly become a focus of science education in Maryland. Sea Grant’s staff members in education have supported this trend by sharing the latest research results and methods in environmental science with school teachers and students.

Our K-12 Educational Programs and Resources

  • Lesson plans: These plans cover diverse topics in marine science for K-12 school teachers and students. Check out our lessons on oysters, biofilms, and more.

  • Aquaculture in Action: A program in Maryland schools in which students learn about and practice aquaculture of commercially important species in tanks on school premises.

Maryland Sea Grant Personnel


Assistant Director for Education


Our Programs in Higher Education

  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates: Each summer the REU program, funded by the National Science Foundation, places a group of promising undergraduate students from across the country in research labs on the Chesapeake Bay. Each student works with a scientist mentor to design and conduct his or her own research project.

  • Graduate Fellowships: Our research fellows work in Bay laboratories; our policy fellows work in the corridors of Congress and federal agencies in Washington, D.C. We also support fellowships in coastal management, fisheries population dynamics, and marine resource economics.