Port Isobel  Photo by CBF StaffPort Isobel East. Photo by CBF Staff.

Port Isobel Environmental Education Program

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Port Isobel West Program Overview (PDF)
Meet Our Educators | Apply for a Port Isobel Program 
Forms for Teachers and Parents

Port Isobel is a 250-acre island east of Tangier Island. It is the southernmost point between the Tangier Sound and the Chesapeake Bay proper. Referenced on nautical charts as East Point Marsh, this Virginia island was named Port Isobel to honor the wife of one of its residents. In the 1800s, it was inhabited by families from Tangier Island, but rising sea levels in the 1920s forced them to abandon their homes. The majority of the island was donated to CBF in the late 1980s, when it became one of CBF's residential education centers.


All buildings have electricity, central air, and heating systems, and Clivus Multrum composting toilets that use no water or chemicals. The dorm and the conference center were architecturally adapted from working barns in Pennsylvania to become some of CBF's first environmentally friendly buildings. Facilities include a full kitchen with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and oven.

Maximum capacity is 30 people (includes students and chaperones): one room with two beds, four with four beds, and two with six beds. Boats include 11 canoes; a 24-ft. Carolina skiff; and the Loni Carol II, a 40-ft. Chesapeake Bay workboat.

Pre- and Post-Field Experience Activities

Bring the watershed to life as you engage your students with curriculum-based investigations before and after a field experience with CBF!  All links below are for websites or Adobe pdf documents available to download.


Elementary School - Watershed Address 

Middle School - When Rain Hits the Land

High School - Data in the Classroom from the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System


Elementary School - What's In Your Lunch?

Middle School - Thinnk!  What's Under Your Sink

High School - Student Wave action projects

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