Marine Science Legacy Program & Oyster Festival Education Day
The Marine Science Legacy Program has been established by the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation, which was created with the purpose of promoting education about the Chesapeake Bay and its seafood industry through a festival celebrating the oyster. In order to show its commitment to the citizens of our county, the Foundation has established the Marine Science Legacy Program (MSLP) as an educational outreach designed to bring an understanding of the Chesapeake Bay, its ecology, its history, its heritage and its future to Middlesex County area students and as well as to the general public who attend the Urbanna Oyster Festival. The program provides active environmental learning through in-service opportunities, local field trips both on and off the water, and educational enrichment within the classroom and the school.
Through this program, Middlesex County and Christchurch School students attend on the water field trips with Chesapeake Bay Foundation in October.
Oyster Festival Education Day brings the resources of the entire festival and more to the students of local schools on Thursday, October 31st is a cooperative effort of the Marine Science Legacy Program, the Oyster Festival Waterfront Committee, and the Oyster Festival Foundation.
The Featured Program for Education Day 2013 is Buyboats-Hauling the Bay's Harvest, and will feature the historic buyboats F.D. Crockett from the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Peggy from the Mathews Maritime Foundation, as well as the modern workboat Pyxis, from the Oyster Company of Virginia.
Additional Education Day Exhibitors Include: Ready Reef, Inc., Virginia Gamefish Tagging Program, Yorktown Watermen's Museum/Captain John Smith National Historic Trail, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tidewater Soil, Water and Natural Resources Conservation District, Friends of the Rappahannock, Oyster Company of Virginia, Chesapeake Bay Governor's School, Christchurch School, Middlesex County Elementary School, Shores & Ruark/Middlesex County Museum, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Tidewater Oyster Gardener's Association, Virginia Marine Resources Commission-Fisheries Management Division. Chesapeake Bay Foundation boat trips are supported by a "License Plate Grant" from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund which is financed through the purchase of Chesapeake Bay License Plates. Applications for the plates can be obtained at ww.dmv.virginia.gov.
Special Thanks to our Corporate Waterfront Sponsors:
Oyster Company of Virginia – Marine Science Legacy Program Sponsor
Chesapeake Bay Oyster Company – Education Day Sponsor
Something Different – Education Day Sponsor
Christchurch School – Tent Sponsor
Adirondack Guide Boats – Tent Sponsor