Marine Science Legacy Program
& Oyster Festival Education Day

The Oyster Festival Foundation has established the Marine Science Legacy Program 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, 4th and 7th graders as well as Middlesex and Christchurch High School students attend on- the- water field trips with Chesapeake Bay Foundation from October 5-16.

On Thursday November 5th, Oyster Festival Education Day brings the expertise of local non-profit, government and private organizations to local students with focus on watershed science and history. It 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 2015 is America’s Privateer Lynx, a recreation of the original historic tall ship from the War of 1812.

Past Education Day Exhibitors have included: Ready Reef, Inc., Virginia Gamefish Tagging Program, Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Yorktown Watermen’s Museum/Captain John Smith National Historic Trail, Deltaville Maritime Museum-F.D. Crockett, Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Tidewater Soil, Water and Natural Resources Conservation District, Friends of the Rappahannock, Oyster Company of Virginia, Shellfish Growers of Virginia, Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, Middlesex County Elementary School, Shores & Ruark/ Middlesex County Museum, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Tidewater Oyster Gardener’s Association.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation boat trips and Education Day featured exhibits 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


Oyster Company of Virginia
Shellfish Growers of Virginia
Something Different Restaurant
Christchurch School

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