Dave Gelenter

Field Senior Manager for MD/DC/PA Environmental Education Programs

Tenure at CBF: 1996-present

Education: BA in Government and Politics; USCG 150 Ton Near Coastal Master with sailing endorsement

Dave is an accomplished professional outdoor environmental educator and boat captain. He brings well over 20 years of experience in all aspects of leading one day and multi day programs including
safety and risk management, crew supervision and training, boat maintenance, scheduling and strategic planning. He served as captain/manager for both the Baltimore Harbor Boat Program and the Skipjack Program aboard the Stanley Norman. Before coming to CBF, Dave spent more than five years working in environmental/experiential education. Most of this time he spent on board traditionally rigged sailing ships with live-aboard students. Prior to that he spent about a million years working as a summer camp counselor and sailing instructor.


  • USCG 150 Ton Near Coastal Master with Sailing Endorsement
  • Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Medical Association
  • Flat and Moving Water Canoe, American Canoe Association
  • PADI Certified Advanced Deep Water and Rescue Scuba Diver

Environmental Education Philosophy: You can't teach (or preach) environmental stewardship. Give people an amazing experience and the rest will follow.

The Bay Needs You

The 2018 State of the Bay Report makes it clear that the Bay needs our support now more than ever. Your donation helps the Chesapeake Bay Foundation maintain our momentum toward a restored Bay, rivers, and streams for today and generations to come.

Donate Today

Stay Up-to-Date on Bay News

Want to stay up-to-date on all news and happenings in your region and across the Chesapeake watershed? Join our digital community.

Sign Up
This website uses cookies to tailor and enhance your online experience. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more information, including details on how to disable cookies, please visit our Privacy Policy. Close