Student Leadership Summer Expeditions

Explore to Learn. Learn to Lead.

Hike, fish, wade, sail, seine, and paddle in the most beautiful and inspiring natural areas of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, all while learning how to be an effective advocate for the world around you! The program is open to rising 9th-12th grade students in the watershed who are interested in joining fellow students in their mission to advance advocacy, action, and awareness for the health of our watershed and our communities.

Thank you for your interest in CBF’s Student Leadership Summer Expeditions.

Join us on a multi-day, in-person, and overnight experience for students entering Grades 9-12 for the 2022-2023 academic year living within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Expedition participants will travel to the most beautiful and inspiring natural areas of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, while learning how to help save the Bay through advocacy, action, and awareness. All transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided during the expedition.

The cost for an expedition will be $350 and financial assistance is available upon request.

2022 Student Leadership Courses

June 27- July 1, 2022
Pennsylvania Student Leadership Expedition
Open to PA students entering grades 9-12
Join fellow high school students from across Pennsylvania to connect, learn, and find inspiration as we explore environmental issues impacting the Susquehanna River Watershed! The Susquehanna River is the largest freshwater tributary for the Chesapeake Bay: the health of this waterway has a tremendous impact on the health of the Bay. We’ll travel to unique places, have real-world experiences, all while exploring the rivers, streams, and woodlands of central PA. This one-of-a-kind expedition will equip students to become the next generation of environmental leaders, developing skills in advancing advocacy, raising awareness, and taking action to address problems in their communities. Students will acquire new skills, a deeper knowledge, and appreciation for Saving the Bay and its tributaries.  
Expedition Logistics: This is a multi-day, overnight (tent camping), in-person event. Registered participants will meet CBF Educators at a central location and spend five consecutive days exploring and investigating the Susquehanna watershed in PA. All transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided during the expedition. Participation will be determined on a first come, first served basis.
Cost: $350; Do not be deterred by cost: financial assistance available upon request. Contact slcoordinator@cbf.org for more information prior to registering.
Orientation Date: May 25th, 2022 at 4 pm (via Zoom; link sent two weeks prior)
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June 27-July 1, 2022
Maryland Student Leadership Expedition 1
Open to MD/DC students entering grades 9-12
Join fellow student leaders from across Maryland to connect, learn, and find inspiration as we explore environmental issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay, the country’s largest estuary! We’ll travel to unique places, have real-world experiences, and discover the magic of the Bay, found in the brackish waters, tucked away in marsh grasses, and in communities along its shores. This one-of-a-kind expedition will equip students to become the next generation of environmental leaders, whether they are now just beginning their journey or are seasoned veterans. Student leaders will acquire new skills and a deeper knowledge and appreciation for Saving the Bay and its tributaries.
Expedition Logistics: This is a multi-day, overnight (tent camping & dormitory-style housing), in-person event. Registered participants will meet CBF Educators at a central location and spend five days exploring and investigating portions of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. All transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided during the expedition.  Participation will be determined on a first come, first served basis.
Cost: $350; Do not be deterred by cost: financial assistance available upon request. Contact slcoordinator@cbf.org for more information prior to registering.
Orientation Date: May 25th, 2022 at 4 pm (via Zoom; link sent two weeks prior)
Register Now

July 11-July 15
Maryland Student Leadership Expedition 2
Open to MD/DC students entering grades 9-12
Join fellow student leaders from across Maryland to connect, learn, and find inspiration as we explore environmental issues impacting the Chesapeake Bay, the country’s largest estuary! We’ll travel to unique places, have real-world experiences, and discover the magic of the Bay, found in the brackish waters, tucked away in marsh grasses, and in communities along its shores. This one-of-a-kind expedition will equip students to become the next generation of environmental leaders, whether they are now just beginning their journey or are seasoned veterans. Student leaders will acquire new skills and a deeper knowledge and appreciation for Saving the Bay and its tributaries.
Expedition Logistics: This is a multi-day, overnight (tent camping & dormitory-style housing), in-person event. Registered participants will meet CBF Educators at a central location and spend five days exploring and investigating portions of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. All transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided during the expedition.  Participation will be determined on a first come, first served basis.
Cost: $350; Do not be deterred by cost: financial assistance available upon request. Contact slcoordinator@cbf.org for more information prior to registering.
Orientation Date: May 25th, 2022 at 4 pm (via Zoom; link sent two weeks prior)
Register Now

July 11-July 15
Virginia Student Leadership Expedition
Open to VA students entering grades 9-12
Join fellow high school students from across Virginia to connect, learn, and find inspiration as we explore environmental issues impacting Virginia’s major tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay! These massive freshwater waterbodies have a tremendous impact on the health of the Bay. We’ll travel to unique places, have real-world experiences, all while exploring the rivers, streams, and woodlands of VA. This one-of-a-kind expedition will equip students to become the next generation of environmental leaders, developing skills in advancing advocacy, raising awareness, and taking action to address problems in their communities. Students will acquire new skills, a deeper knowledge, and appreciation for Saving the Bay and its tributaries.  
Expedition Logistics: This is a multi-day, overnight (tent camping), in-person event. Registered participants will meet CBF Educators at a central location and spend five consecutive days exploring and investigating one of the main watersheds of VA. All transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided during the expedition. Participation will be determined on a first come, first served basis.
Cost: $350; Do not be deterred by cost: financial assistance available upon request. Contact slcoordinator@cbf.org for more information prior to registering.
Orientation Date: May 25th, 2022 at 4 pm.
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July 25- 29, 2022
Watershed Wide Student Leadership Expedition
Open to PA/MD/VA/DC students entering grades 9-12
Join a multistate coalition of student leaders as we discover the importance of working together to Save the Bay and its tributaries! Explore climate and environmental justice issues impacting regions across the watershed and learn solutions to increase community resiliency. Build lifelong connections with fellow student leaders as you develop your leadership skills and knowledge about how to effectively advocate, raise awareness, and take action on climate issues facing communities throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed!
Expedition Logistics: This is a multi-day, overnight (tent camping & dormitory-style housing), in-person event. Registered participants will meet CBF Educators at a central location and spend five days exploring and investigating portions of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. All transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided during the expedition.  Participation will be determined on a first come, first served basis.
Cost: $350; Do not be deterred by cost: financial assistance available upon request. Contact slcoordinator@cbf.org for more information prior to registering.
Orientation Date: May 25th, 2022 at 4 pm (via Zoom; link sent two weeks prior)
Register Now

Program Staffing and CBF Educators

There will be at least two CBF educators staffing each summer course. Other CBF staff and educators may join the group as captains, hosts at island education centers, or as resources for learning. Learn about all of our educators.

CBF educators are certified in:

  • Wilderness First Responder medical training
  • Adult and Child & Infant CPR
  • Community Water Safety
  • American Canoe Association Certification

Our educators serve as facilitators. They establish a clear learning pathway for the student experience, guiding students' journey while allowing ample freedom and choice for them to explore and investigate environmental issues that reflect their interest. We believe that allowing students to follow their passion is the best way for them to discover their own leadership capacity. Our professional educators ensure a safe and positive learning environment while respecting students as individuals. We seek to cultivate within each group a culture of empowerment, encouraging curiosity and mutual respect.

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