Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Summer Programs

  • Sea Squirts
    Sea Squirts
    Sea Squirts have fun crabbing on the pier!
    Photo courtesy of CBNERR
  • Estuary Explorers
    Estuary Explorers
    During Estuary Explorers camp, 7th and 8th grade students test water quality at many sites along the Eastern Shore.
    Photo by Sarah Nuss
  • Bay Buddies
    Bay Buddies
    3rd and 4th graders explore the VIMS Teaching Marsh
    Photo by Sarah Nuss

Summer Programs Information

CBNERR and VIMS conduct multi-day programs during the summer for students going into grades 1-8. These hands-on camps will enable students to learn about the Chesapeake Bay and are tailored to meet the learning stages of each age group. Camps are free, thanks to support from an anonymous private donor and the Ronald West Family Foundation. Camps cover themes such as wetlands, environmental stewardship, and general Chesapeake Bay exploration.

2015 Summer Camp

Summer camp applications for 2015 are now closed.  Applications were due by 11:59PM EST on April 1, 2015.  We will notify all applicants by April 10, 2015 if student(s) were or were not selected for camp.  

Please see the flyer for more information about each camp.  If you have questions about the camp application process, please contact Sarah Nuss at   

Sea Squirts (rising 1st and 2nd Grade) - July 6-10, 2015.  

Bay Buddies (rising 3rd and 4th Grade) - Session 1 August 3-7, 2015, Session 2 August 10-14. 

Chesapeake Champions (rising 5th and 6th Grade) - June 22-26, 2015. 

Estuary Explorers (rising 7th and 8th Grade) - July 20-25, 2015.  

Junior Counselors (rising 9th Grade and above) -  **Note: Junior Counselor positions are very limited, and applications are accepted only from students that previously attended one of the VIMS Summer Camps.  Students selected as Junior Counselors will volunteer for one full week of summer camp, assisting education staff with activities.  

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  If your question is not answered in the FAQ's, please contact the NERRS Education Coordinator with any questions about the summer programs. 

Sarah McGuire Nuss
Education Coordinator
Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia