The Brock Environmental Center:
Building Green for Cleaner Waters

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Environmental Education

The Brock Environmental Center is a new destination for hands-on, field-based environmental education.  CBF's award-winning environmental education programs provide significant outdoor learning experiences for thousands of students, teachers, citizens, and community leaders. Operating from the center's education pavilion and waterfront pier, CBF's "floating classroom," the Jenny S, explores the Lynnhaven River and Chesapeake Bay.

Students seining at Pleasure House Point. Photo by CBF StaffSeining is just one hands-on experience students will have at the Brock Environmental Center as they investigate nearby creeks, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay.  Photo by CBF Staff

By engaging in outdoor educational experiences in inspirational natural areas and on waterways, program participants can better understand and value these fragile settings that sustain us.

CBF's environmental education programs link the natural environment to human activities along the Chesapeake Bay. Our programs enable students and teachers to conduct their own research through hands-on biological sampling, chemical analysis, and physical measurements. In addition to using critical thinking skills to evaluate the health of the ecological system, participants also gain a unique perspective on the relationship between water quality, fisheries, and economics. Our courses combine many academic disciplines—earth science, biology, history, art, English/writing, math, chemistry, civics, economics, government, and responsible citizenship. As a result, students become exceptionally informed and inspired, valuing the Bay and its watershed as a living, connected system.

The Brock Center at Pleasure House Point will be an active demonstration site for important and relevant restoration projects, including living shorelines, oyster, wetland, and other habitat restoration, as well as water quality improvement initiatives. To apply for an education field experience, go to, send an email to or call 800-445-5572.

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