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.
Port Isobel EAST—Center and Boats
Maximum capacity: 30 Total
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 at Port Isobel EAST 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 Mary P. a new 50-ft. US Coast Guard inspected vessel. Port Isobel East program overview (PDF).
Port Isobel WEST—Center and Boats
Maximum capacity: 22 Total
All buildings have electricity, central air, and heating systems. Facilities include living room, dining room, outside porches, and full kitchen with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and oven.
Maximum capacity at Port Isobel WEST is 22 people (includes students and chaperones): two rooms with six beds, one room with eight beds, and one room with two beds. Boats include 11 canoes; a 24-ft. Carolina skiff; and the Walter Ridder a 40-ft. jet boat and US Coast Guard inspected vessel. Port Isobel West program overview (PDF).
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||What's In Your Lunch|
|Middle School||When Rain Hits the Land||Think! What's Under Your Sink|
|High School||Data in the Classroom
from the NOAA Chesapeake Bay
Interpretive Buoy System
|Student Wave action projects|