How-To's and Tips

Our everyday actions—from fertilizing our lawns to driving our cars—have a major impact on the Bay. But by making simple changes in our lives, each one of us can take part in restoring the Bay and its rivers for future generations.

  • Bay Tips > At School

    Tip: Take a field trip

    Get out of the classroom and into the Chesapeake region with a fun and engaging field trip. For inspiration on where to learn about the people, animals and history of the Chesapeake, check out our lists of cultural and natural history museums.

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  • Bay Tips > At School

    Tip: Plant a butterfly garden

    Starting a butterfly garden at your school is a hands-on way to introduce students of all ages to gardening and native plants, and teach concepts including migration, metamorphosis and habitat needs.

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  • Bay Tips > In Your Backyard

    Tip: Reduce Food Waste

    Don't throw egg shells in the trash—use them in garden as fertilizer, pest control or mulch.

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  • Bay Tips > In Your Backyard

    Tip: Conserve Water

    If you water your lawn, do so in the early morning, when the water will not evaporate in the heat of the day. Make sure the water gets completely on the lawn, not on sidewalks or driveways.

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  • Bay Tips > In Your Backyard

    Tip: Reduce Herbicide Use

    Instead of chemical weed killers, try dousing weeds with boiling water, table salt or vinegar, or pulling them out and digging up the roots.

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  • Bay Tips > At School

    Tip: Foster environmental literacy

    Look for ways to incorporate the environment into book reports or class book discussions. Eco-Fiction has a list of young adult books with environmental themes.

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  • Bay Tips > At School

    Tip: Foster environmental literacy

    Teach students about issues such as climate change, forests and blue crabs to engage them with what’s happening in the environment where they live. Bay Backpack is a site designed to help teachers create environmental lessons for students and contains hundreds of resources on a variety of topics.

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  • Bay Tips > At School

    Tip: Walk or bike to school

    Cut emissions entirely by arranging a bike train or group walk to school.

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  • Bay Tips > At School

    Tip: Carpool to school

    Reduce emissions by arranging a carpool in your neighborhood.

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    Tip: Swap clothing

    Consider a clothing swap with classmates or donate clothes that don’t fit anymore. For schools with uniforms, set up a day to exchange skirts, pants and shirts that have been outgrown for larger sizes.

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  • Bay Tips > At School

    Tip: Encourage recycling

    Check out your school’s recycling programs. Are recycling bins available and are people encouraged to use them? Make sure you know what can and can’t be recycled, and spread the word.

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  • Bay Tips > At School

    Tip: Reduce waste

    Use a lunch box instead of plastic or paper bags for lunch. Buy reusable, sealed containers for drinks, sandwiches, snacks and other lunch items instead of re-sealable plastic bags.

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