Student Leadership Summer Courses




About CBF Student Summer Environmental Courses

CBF's Student Leadership course participants hike, fish, wade, paddle, sail, seine, and learn in some of the most beautiful and inspiring natural areas in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Through teachable moments in the field our student leadership courses connect students with this incredible resource.  Memories from these experiences serve as an enduring motivator for our future leaders.  They provide a foundation of inspiration upon which students can build professional skills.  While some students attend CBF summer programs to prepare themselves as environmental educators, advocates, and scientists, these courses also appeal to students who just enjoy being outside and active in nature.

We are not currently offering open-enrollement Student Leadership courses in summer 2017.  Please keep us in mind for Student Leadership field experiences in summer 2018 and check our website for Student Leadership opportunities and resources year-round!

Watch this space for updates on the adventures of our 50 Forward student leaders this coming summer 2017!


While CBF recognizes that there are many types of student leaders, we have chosen the following eligibility requirements to more effectively support students after the summer course has concluded.

Student applicants must be:

  • Rising 9th-12th grades for the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • Active in either student government, a student environmental organization, or their school's eco-club.

Course Fee

The 2017 50 Forward summer course fee of $100 per student includes instruction, program materials, three meals a day, lodging, guest speaker fees, and various recreational activities.  CBF will collect the course fee after students receive notice they are accepted to the program.

*CBF is able to reduce the original operating cost of this course from $1,500 through the generous support of CBF donors and grants.  Consider being a CBF member to support these amazing programs.  

Questions: Contact or call 410-268-8816

Program Staffing and CBF Educators

There will be at least two CBF educators staffing each summer course. Other CBF staff and educators may join the group as captains, hosts at island education centers, or as resources for learning. Learn about all of our educators at  

CBF educators are certified in:

  • Wilderness First Responder medical training
  • Adult and Child & Infant CPR
  • Community Water Safety
  • American Canoe Association Certification

Our educators serve as facilitators. They establish a clear learning pathway for the student experience, guiding students' journey while allowing ample freedom and choice for them to explore and investigate environmental issues that reflect their interest. We believe that allowing students to follow their passion is the best way for them to discover their own leadership capacity. Our professional educators ensure a safe and positive learning environment, while respecting students as individuals. We seek to cultivate within each group a culture of empowerment, encouraging curiosity and mutual respect. 

A Look at Past Summer Courses

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