First School Students Collecting Oyster Shells

First School Students Collecting Oyster Shells

Key's Pre-School students are busy studying water and learning about oysters and how important they are to the Chesapeake Bay. In an effort to help our local Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, the First School is currently collecting and recycling oyster shells! Instead of throwing them into landfills, shells will be donated to the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) located here in Annapolis. 

Part of ORP’s mission is to recycle oyster shells to use in the creation of man-made oyster reefs in the Bay. Natural oyster shells are the best material on which to raise new oysters and restore oyster reefs. Given the increased demand for shells, ORP developed the Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA) to save this extremely limited natural resource from going into landfills. Each recycled shell can return 10 new oysters to the water. 

The First School is seeking to collect as many oyster shells as possible throughout November and December. We are asking our Key families to bring your oyster shells to the container located in front of our playground. We will count our collection as we progress and hope to donate a large amount of oyster shells to ORP to help improve our Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.