Multi-Day Environmental Education Programs

Maryland Programs 

Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Program
Smith Island Environmental Education Program


Virginia Programs

Fox Island Environmental Education Program
Port Isobel Environmental Education Program


Download our Environmental Education Program Catalog (PDF, 4.21 MB,  24pgs)

In the heart of the Chesapeake, students and teachers spend three days and two nights experiencing the Bay at its wildest and most remote. Through hands-on activities and lively discussions, CBF educators demonstrate that even far from urban and agricultural activity, pollution flowing downstream threatens the Bay's productivity. Though each location is unique, participants at the four island centers experience the culture, history, and ecology of the Bay. Wetlands, grass beds, and tidal flats teem with life, offering many opportunities for exploration and investigation by foot, canoes, and workboats. Students and teachers also have the opportunity to interact with the local community to learn how the livelihoods of watermen are connected to the Bay. These experiences connect both the natural and social systems of the Chesapeake. Students gain firsthand knowledge of academic disciplines such as earth science, biology, chemistry, civics, economics, and government in addition to practicing sustainable conservation and responsible citizenship.

Multiday enviornmental education programs are managed by CBF's Education Department. All centers include dormitory-style accommodations, meeting areas and fully-equipped kitchens. Program participants are responsible for bringing and preparing their meals as part of the program.

Teachers who register for an overnight education program receive pre-trip information that includes a course overview, directions, and information about what participants need to bring. The CBF Program Manager contacts each teacher one to two weeks prior to the trip to discuss activities and the agenda for the group.


  • For Smith, Fox and Port Isobel Island: program rate includes lodging and the round trip Crisfield, MD (Eastern Shore) ferry.

  • The Onancock, VA Ferry is available for $400 round trip, year round.

  • The Smith Point Ferry (Reedville, VA) is available between April 15 and October 15 at a cost of $400 round trip, but is weather dependent.

  • Inclement weather may result in the need to change the ferry location from western shore to eastern shore, or to modify the program timeframe to 2 full days/1 night.

Scheduling Information and Application

Please send an e-mail to with specific questions.

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