This project made data and information compiled through the Chesapeake Bay Sentinel Site Cooperative readily available to ninth-grade earth science teachers to use in their classrooms and increase climate literacy. The project builds on a previous NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training project titled, Climate Education for a Changing Bay, which provided watershed educational experiences integrated into the classroom curriculum for ninth-grade students in Gloucester County and Mathews County, Virginia. The program and one of their learning experiences are outlined in this article: Enhancing Climate Education for a Changing Chesapeake Bay.
Through this project, the Chesapeake Bay - Virginia Reserve built on the strengths of the previous years of Climate Education for a Changing Bay to extend the reach into Middlesex County, while developing an alumni program to support the program in Gloucester and Matthews counties. All three counties lie within a region experiencing relative rates of sea level rise greater than the global average.