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Washington College is CBF’s Conservationist of the Year

Winter 2018


Citing its “preeminent” leadership in environmental education, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has tapped Washington College to receive its Conservationist of the Year Award. CBF President Will Baker will present the award to Kurt Landgraf, President of Washington College, on February 26 at the third annual DC on the Half Shell gala.

A longtime leader in innovative environmental instruction, Washington College in recent months has announced several major expansions to its environmental programs. These include the launch of the 4,700-acre River and Field Campus, a new dual-degree program for environmental science and environmental studies majors with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, groundbreaking for Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, and a $500,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to expand a project that motivates landowners to reduce polluted runoff into the Chesapeake.

Located on the Chester River, Washington College uses the Chesapeake Bay region as a learning laboratory. The College's River and Field Campus (RAFC) is home to the only bird banding station and observatory on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, an innovative native grassland restoration project, and part of the Chester River Watershed Observatory. The College’s Center for Environment and Society, which focuses on the relationship between human communities and natural systems, oversees RAFC and also manages the school’s two research vessels. Its Chesapeake Semester immerses a small group of students each fall in studies that examine the challenges facing the Chesapeake through the lenses of the Bay’s economy, culture, history, environment, ecology, and politics.