After our orientation to the Chesapeake Semester at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, a skipjack sail and 4 bushel of crabs, students visited Echo Hill Outdoor school for some trust and team building exercises.
Later, it was time for some music: “I wanna sail the Chester River, Lay back in the noon day sun. With my feet in the water and a national boh, Lordy, that’s what I call fun…” Chesapeake Scenes: “Chester River Song”
This, year students would get a personal glimpse of their own Chester River, starting from its head waters above Millington and going down towards its mouth, south of the Corsica. They learned of its history, its ecology, and the environmental issues that are predominant in the watershed.
The first leg of the trip was led by canoe guide, local historian, arrow-head collector extraordinaire, and Sultana Projects Inc.’s V.P. ,Chris Cerino, who took the group from Millington to Crumpton. The group was joined by: Professor of English and Humanities Co-chair for the Chesapeake Semester, Sean Meehan, and the Director of the Public Archaeology Lab at the Center for Environment and Society, Liz Seidel.
During Assistant Professor Robin Van Meter’s on-the-water Introduction to Environmental Studies class, students aboard the College’s research vessel Callinectes used a variety of instruments to measure water quality and weather conditions, and to net, identify, measure, weigh, and record a variety of fish.