As the group of 15 teachers paddled their canoes into the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River, their leader pointed out a tern ahead — stirring a moment of confusion.
Not a left turn or a right turn, explained Jocelyn Tuttle, who leads Baltimore harbor education programs for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. A tern — one of many seabirds common to the marshes the group was touring in Masonville Cove.
The educators from schools across Baltimore City had come to see the bay up close, as part of a weeklong summer school intended to improve environmental literacy among teachers, and eventually their students.
Though the bay is close to the heart of Baltimore, the educators...