On April 15, the Chesapeake Bay Trust announced a $25,000 environmental education grant to fund the the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s “MUDDY FEET” Program.
The program, which stands for “Maritime Unbounded Damp & Dirty Yucky Fun Environmental Education & Training,” seeks to provide all Annapolis-area schoolchildren with at least three meaningful watershed educational experiences prior to high school graduation.
The Trust announced this grant as part of its Environmental Education grant program, which awarded more than $450,000 in 2010 to fund educational initiatives throughout Maryland.
The MUDDY FEET Program has grown dramatically since it was launched in 2008 with 350 students participating. During the 2009-2010 school year, 1,200 students participated. By the end of this current school year, the Museum will have achieved its objective of reaching all city-based elementary and middle schools, serving 1,700 students in 25 schools.
The Chesapeake Bay Trust grant is expected provide a boost which could result in over 2,300 students in 33 Anne Arundel County schools getting “MUDDY FEET.”
The Museum’s education programs are aligned with Anne Arundel Country Public School standards and curricula in language arts, social studies, science and math. Students participate in a myriad of activities that include making observations, taking measurements, keeping journal records, exploring historic Bay sites, handling artifacts, and speaking with watermen, tradesmen, historians, and artists.
For more information on the Museum and its programs, visit http://www.amaritime.org