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 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 private donors. Camps cover themes such as wetlands, environmental stewardship, and general Chesapeake Bay exploration.

2018 Summer Camp

Applications for 2018 camps are now closed.  Please check back for the 2019 camp information, which will be posted on March 1, 2019. 

2018 camp dates are listed below, and more information about each camp is listed on our flyer.    

Sea Squirts (rising 1st and 2nd Grade)  - August 13-17, 2018

Bay Buddies (rising 3rd and 4th Grade) - Session 1: June 18-22, 2018; Session 2: July 9-13, 2018 

Chesapeake Champions (rising 5th and 6th Grade)  - July 23-27, 2018

Estuary Explorers (rising 7th and 8th Grade) - Sunday, June 24 - Friday, June 29, 2018

Junior Counselors (rising 9th Grade and above) -  **Note: Junior Counselor positions are very limited (8 positions).  Students selected as Junior Counselors will volunteer for one full week of summer camp, assisting education staff with activities. Junior Counselors apply for positions, and may be asked to 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