Helpful Resources for Teaching About Oysters
A Natural History Resource about Oysters
Oysters are a keystone species of the Chesapeake Bay, and an important indicator of the health of our waters. During your Estuary Chesapeake Field Trip your students will participate in a parent-teacher lead rotation station about oysters and their oyster bar community.
Oyster reefs: When the oysters are alive (and even deceased) they offer a wide variety of ecological services, these include habitat for micro organisms (fish, shrimp, worms, and mud crabs), water filtration, slowing energy from waves and water, and food for Bay organisms.
Here are some great resources to help you prepare for your field trip:
- Chesapeake Bay Oyster History, by the Oyster Company of Virginia.
- Chesapeake Bay Program, Information about oysters and a great film about their filtration abilities.
- NOAA Chesapeake Bay resources about oyster reefs, with a wonderful diagram illustrating oyster benefits.
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation oyster restoration program information.
- PBS article on oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay with a short video.
- For children the book “Pearly Oyster” by Suzanne Tate is a great read for grades 1-2.