CA citizen scientists become conservation activists

Chesapeake Academy students investigate shoreline management strategies that impact conservation with the Friends of the Rappahannock. From left in the foreground are Jackson Latell, Maddie Ritter, Layla Leo, Jackson Pyles, Sam Antonio and Ap Pollard.

Chesapeake Academy is benefitting from a grant received by the Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) for work on the lower Rappahannock River and Carter Creek.

“These sorts of authentic learning experiences create a deep comprehension of complex issues for our students,” said head of school Julie Duvall.

In a three-part process, the FOR is partnering with science teacher Robin Blake to teach students to identify shoreline erosion, understand its relationship with dead zones and plan potential solutions.

The first step was a kayak tour of…