BNHA Give a Student the Gift of the Chesapeake Bay
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Mr. Olumiji and his students embarked on a journey through history that they would never forget. “I have been teaching in Baltimore City for 11 years concluding in June. I have been blessed with the opportunity to take my children on several field trips to many different places. The Kids in Kayaks program is one of the best field trip series I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of,” he says. “It expands the horizons of children by providing them with an opportunity to learn in nature and learn about how the city of Baltimore’s historic landmarks are connected to American history.”
Imagine you are an eighth grader who has grown up in Baltimore but has never experienced the Chesapeake Bay and all it has to offer. Now imagine what you could do to help change that.
Although Baltimore is our beloved port city, many residents have little to no access to the water. Ensuring the health of the bay and the entire Chesapeake ecosystem is a team effort. The goal of the Kids in Kayaks program is to strengthen the next generation’s connection with the water, show them how to enjoy the natural resources in their own city, and empower Baltimore’s youth to be stewards of the bay.
Over the last four years, Kids in Kayaks has taken 2500+ Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) eighth grade students out on the water—many of which for the first time in their lives. The program teaches students the basics of kayaking while simultaneously introducing them to the city’s history and Chesapeake Bay ecology. We were thrilled to welcome two additional schools this year. During the 2018-2019 school year, 400 students were introduced to recreational kayaking and Baltimore history with the support from Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, community partners, and individuals like YOU !
Our dream is to expose every BCPS eighth grader to Baltimore’s historic water trails and natural resources so that they can see their city and themselves from a different perspective. But, we cannot do that without you! In 2020, with your help, we can continue to expand the Kids in Kayaks program to help more students learn, grow, and take ownership of their environment.
By investing in the Kids in Kayaks program, you will help make it possible for Mr. Olumiji’s students and more like them to access Baltimore’s waters, parklands, and rich history. Please consider giving a BCPS eighth grader the gift of the bay by supporting our Kids in Kayaks program today. As a thank you for your donation, we will mail you one of our eco-friendly 2019 It’s a Snap! Baltimore photo contest tote bag in the new year! Make your gift now by clicking the donate link below or visiting explorebaltimore.org/page/donate . Please also feel free to send a check to BNHA, 1524 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD 21223.
From the entire heritage area team and board of directors, thank you for your partnership throughout the year.