The Green Team is committed to boosting the club’s environmental literacy and to engage with our local community.

Our goals are to educate EYC members about best practices in living sustainably and environmental issues that impact the fragile Chesapeake Bay. We enrich their lives by providing environmental presentations, films, and events. EYC participates in and provides leadership for Chesapeake Bay conservation efforts together with conservation organizations.

  • Kids on the Creek
    • EYC’s Environmental Committee helps organize educational boat rides for this collaborative Spa Creek Conservancy effort. The event offers one-half hour boat rides leaving the Truxtun Park dock area. Kids on the Creek is a fun family day at the park with free food, educational activities, fish seining, a scavenger hunt, SUPs & kayaks and, of course, the boat rides.

      Volunteer Skippers arrive at Truxtun Park for a short skippers meeting. Dockside coordinators direct traffic and secure boats. There is a pop-up tent on the adjacent lawn area where we fit the kids & adults with life jackets, provide a brief safety lesson, and assign kids & adults to specific boats. We load the kids on the boats from the stable docks of the boat ramp area. Boats move into the boarding area on a continuing basis as space becomes available. Each round trip boat ride travels down the creek from Truxtun Park to the Green Can (SC#1) off EYC. A map & description of suggested sites to point out (e.g. Spa Creek Bridge, Naval Academy, restored wetlands, etc.) and some facts/info to share is provided to each skipper. Upon return to the Truxtun dock the kids and adults are offloaded and a new group is loaded for the next half hour ride.

      This is an event for kids so we try to limit the number of adults on the boats; however, for safety and supervision we ensure that there is always at least one adult on each boat in addition to the skipper. That individual helps with the supervision of the kids. They also help point out key sites and provide info on the creek and bay using the fact sheet provided. If the skippers bring a first mate, they are the “extra” adult on the boat.

      We allow only kids 5 years or older on the boat rides. Children between 5-8 years old must be accompanied by one parent or responsible family member/friend. We arrange with Boat U.S. Foundation to provide life jackets for the event.
  • Bay Stewardship Workshop
    • Each year EYC hosts a day long Bay Stewardship Workshop which is attended by the leadership of key organizations in the Annapolis Area including the environmental associations, riverkeepers, city and county officials and the commodores of all three major yacht clubs. The purpose of the workshop is two-fold: 1. To share goals & objectives of partner organizations in Annapolis area waters, and 2. To develop a strategic plan to move toward shared goals & objectives to further collaborative efforts.

      Senior officials, including the Annapolis Mayor, have provided the opening remarks. Specific collaborative actions result from these workshops and work is already underway on several of the collaborative projects including oyster restoration and water quality monitoring. One of the issues discussed at each workshop is the need to increase environmental awareness among our youth and the group agreed to collaborate on getting kids out on the water.

  • Presentations
    • From fall through spring the Environmental Committee organizes monthly presentations featuring renowned environmental experts in various fields of expertise. The goal is to enlighten members on issues affecting our globe, region and Bay. 2019 speakers included Gary Jobson, Tuck Hines, Jeff Holland and Jim Toomey. To celebrate Earth Day, World Oceans Day and the Nov/Dec holidays, we hold special entertaining presentations that include music, food sampling and artists.

  • Field Trips
    • SERC tour: In 2019 our Environmental Committee coordinated with the EYC Cruise Committee for a Friday night raft-up on the West/Rhode River, complete with entertainment from Jeff Holland – West/Rhode River Riverkeeper. On the following day, two tours of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center were enjoyed by the participants, along with a pot-luck lunch.

      Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Restoration Facility: In 2017, a number of members of the Environmental Committee took a tour of the CBF Oyster Restoration Facility to see how oysters are grown.

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