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.

Summer 2021 Programs: Interested applicants can email

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!

Memories from these exceptional high school summer environmental experiences serve as an enduring motivator for our future leaders. They provide a foundation of knowledge upon which students can build professional skills. Please examine our eligibility requirements and program details below.

Eligibility | Expedition Programs & Dates | Application Process | Expedition Fee | Program Staffing


Student applicants must be entering 9th-12th grades for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Before applying, please review CBF's Student Leadership Code of Conduct. If you have any technical difficulties with the application, please contact ASAP and we will help you.

2021 Expedition Programs & Dates 

How can we promote clean water and a sustainable future for all? Meet every day with a coalition of student leaders to bond, find inspiration, and uncover solutions! Together, we will explore the most pressing issues facing the health of our watershed. From environmental justice and the importance of trees to regenerative agriculture and climate change, learn how you can be an effective leader on issues that matter to you! Hear from scientists, restoration experts, and local leaders, discover how to advocate for causes you care about, and get connected with fellow high school students who are looking to make meaningful change in their communities. Walk away with lifelong friendships, a network of support, and a plan to create positive change in your hometown!


July 12-16, 2021
Open to PA, MD, VA, and DC high school students.
Join a multistate coalition of student leaders as we discover the importance of working together to save the Bay!


August 2-6, 2021
Open to PA high school students. 


June 28 - July 2, 2021
Open to VA and DC high school students.


June 28 - July 2, 2021 - FULL
July 26-30, 2021
Open to MD and DC high school students.

Application Process

Email to apply for a Summer Expedition. Please include your name, school, and the dates of the Expedition you are interested in attending. 

Expedition Fee

The Expedition fee is $200 per student and includes instruction, program materials, guest speaker fees, and professional development in fields such as public speaking, advocacy, civic engagement, community outreach, public awareness campaigns, etc. CBF will collect the fee after students receive notice they are accepted to the program.

Questions about financial aid? Contact for more information.

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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