Chesapeake Montessori School students are participating in the Marylanders Grow Oysters program in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Click on the video to learn more about how CMS students are raising oysters for the Chesapeake Bay at a farm near the school. And check back for updates as the students conduct monthly studies on their baby oysters and the environment in which they live.

CMS Oyster Journal

“This is a perfect project for Chesapeake Montessori School,” said Head of School Deborah Bricker. “As a Maryland Green School, this project enhances that mission and most importantly, the project will help our students appreciate the interconnections of the work they are doing. A project with science, history, culture, real work and service to the community truly highlights our goal in Montessori education of showing children their relationship with their world. We will not harm that which we love – what better way to love our place than to work to protect it. And we’ll have great fun with this project too.”

The students filled 20 cages with baby oysters, known as “spat on shell” and hung the cages from a pier near the school’s Annapolis campus. They will check on the oysters each month, removing debris from the cages and studying the other critters that visit the cages. Next spring, the oysters will be big enough to be moved to a permanent home on one of the protected oyster sanctuaries in the Chesapeake Bay. Click on the photo below for more photos from the oyster planting.

oyster photo

Click here for the story published in the Huffington Post.
Click here for more on the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program
Click here for more on the Oyster Recovery Partnership