Built in 1929 as a hunting and fishing lodge, Fox Island is surrounded by the waters of Tangier and Pocomoke Sounds in Virginia. Purchased by CBF in the 1970s, the location became our first residential education center. It had an outsized role in shaping the immersive, experiential learning that is the hallmark of our environmental education programs.
Sadly, rising sea levels and erosion have led to a dramatic loss of the protective salt marshes surrounding the center. As a result, we believe it will inevitably become unsafe to continue operating for students, and we closed the facility in the fall of 2019. Find out more about the decision and share memories of this magical place.
York Dispatch 11/3/19 "Sea-level Rise is Swallowing Fox Island in Chesapeake Bay"
The Washington Post 10/31/19 "This Classroom on A Chesapeake Bay Island Taught Generations of Students. As the Sea Rises, Its Doors Are Closing."
CBS Baltimore 10/22/19 "Chesapeake Bay Foundation Fox Island Education Center To Close Due To Rising Sea-Levels"