Teachers from New York to West Virginia are taking their classrooms to a remote island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Students get hands-on environmental learning while experiencing some Lord of the Flies moments.
Eighteen seventh graders from rural Virginia are dredging for oysters on a windy, cold day. A few are seasick but when the oysters are hauled up they rise to the occasion.
Virginia’s Eastern Shore… a narrow finger of land separating the Chesapeake Bay from the Atlantic Ocean… is the longest expanse of coastal wilderness left on the eastern seaboard.
Scientists have been working to restore the unique ecosystem of the area - especially its 23 barrier islands: dynamic, shifting land masses that buffer the mainland from storms… and provide a home for sea grasses, birds and shellfish.
Two major lobbyists – the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Fertilizer Institute -- have some new allies in their legal fight against a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and environmentalists here are furious.