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
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Summer Programs Iinformation

CBNERR and VIMS conduct multi-day programs during the summer for students going into grades 3-high school. 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 private donors. Camps cover themes such as wetlands, environmental stewardship, and general Chesapeake Bay exploration.

2019 Summer Camp

Applications for 2019 camps are now closed.  Applications were due April 1, 2019.  For more information about each camp, please see the flyer or read through the Frequently Asked Questions below.    

Bay Buddies (rising 3rd and 4th Grade) - August 12-16, 2019

Chesapeake Champions (rising 5th and 6th Grade) - August 19-23, 2019

Estuary Explorers (rising 7th and 8th Grade) - July 29-August 2, 2019

NERRS Nerds (rising 9th Grade and above) - July 15-19, 2019   **Note: NERRS Nerds also requires a week of volunteering for one of the other camps as a Junior Counselor.  Junior Counselors apply through this camp, but may be asked to also interview in person as part of round two applications.

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