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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.

2014 Summer Camp

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Camp programs.  If you are interested in putting your name on an email list for next year's camps, please contact Sarah Nuss at mcguire@vims.edu.   

Sea Squirts (rising 1st and 2nd Grade): July 7-11, 2014

Bay Buddies (rising 3rd and 4th Grade): Session 1 August 4-8, 2014 and Session 2 August 11-15, 2014

Chesapeake Champions (rising 5th and 6th Grade): July 14-18, 2014

Estuary Explorers (rising 7th and 8th Grade): June 23-28, 2014

Junior Counselors (rising 9th-12th Grade) -  **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
804-684-7878
mcguire@vims.edu