Learn More About Chesapeake Bay Oysters and Their History

Helpful Resources for Teaching About Oysters

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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:

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