Interactive Learning Experiences

Our education sessions have three main goals:

1) Teach how the clams and oysters that we grow improve the quality of the bay.

2) Raise awareness on how people can be proactive and make changes to their lifestyle to help the bay.

3) Stimulate them to action.

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Explore The Clam Trail

The Clam Trail is a fun “scavenger hunt” to find interesting facts about the bay and the region - earn a Certificate of Completion and get a great RCTB Explorer pin.

Visit Giant painted clams and find the plaque containing Fun Facts - Scan the QR code to "check in".


Family Learning Activities

Fairs and Festivals

Coastal Stewardship

Shellfish in the Classroom

Educational Field Trips

Speakers Bureau

Other Knowledge

Raising Happy Shellfish

Committed to Education

Historically, RCTB emphasized one major problem: too much nitrogen causing both healthy and unhealthy algae to grow beyond nature’s ability to reach a balance. Since clams and oysters are filter feeders, their natural feeding process has a positive effect on the nitrogen in the bay. Over the past few years, and with a greater interest in coastal resilience post-Superstorm Sandy (2012), RCTB sessions include explaining the many benefits that shellfish provide. They include shoreline stabilization, providing habitat for other species, which supports biodiversity and the economic benefits of a now growing shellfish industry. We explain that oyster and clam farmers practice sustainable harvesting, a clear benefit to the environment, and the fact that they are the first line of environmental observation.