Middle School Bay Eco-Camp

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Students connect to the Chesapeake Bay by exploring the shallows around remote Bay islands.

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Celebrate 50 years of Bay education with a new five-day summer adventure in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay.

In our 50 years of teaching about the Chesapeake Bay, we have perfected the art of exploration and hands-on discovery. To commemorate our anniversary, we are sending out a special, members-only invitation for rising  6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from around the watershed for an action-packed week of canoe trips, boat excursions, beach exploration, and island hopping.

This new adventure is designed for students who wish to learn more about the natural ecosystems of the Chesapeake Bay. Participants will explore underwater grass bed habitats, learn about oyster reefs, and experience the unique beauty of a salt marsh all within a stone’s throw of the neighboring 300-year-old fishing village of Tangier, Virginia. Our mission is to instill a sense of wonder and stewardship for the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and all the watershed's inhabitants.

Dates:  Monday July 24, 2023–Friday July 28, 2023

Location:  Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Port Isobel Environmental Education Center adjacent to the neighboring island of Tangier, Virginia in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay.

Eligibility:  Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students

Fees:  $700, plus $300 for meals for a total of $1,000 per student

Registration Extension!  Register by June 16, 2023.  Space is limited to 15 participants; availability is on a first-come basis. After the 15 spots are filled, applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Cancelations before July 1 will be refunded minus a $75 processing fee; cancelations between July 1–July 14 will be refunded 50% minus a $75 processing fee. Refunds will not be issued for cancelations after July 15.

Drop Off/Pick Up:  Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Maryland, Monday, July 24 at 11 a.m. and Friday, July 28 at 11 a.m.

  • All participants are required to have a printed and signed copy of the participant health form at drop off on the first day.
  • We will depart as a group from the drop-off at Somers Cove Marina and travel via boat to Port Isobel. We will not have any other means of transport out to the island center, so we ask that  drop-off times are strictly adhered to. We ask the same promptness for pick-up on the last day.

Questions:  Review the FAQ for the Middle School Bay Eco-Camp. For other questions, email us at [email protected] or call 800-445-5572.


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