Port Isobel Island Environmental Education Program


Port Isobel East.

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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

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 Mary P. a new 50-ft. US Coast Guard inspected vessel.

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

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