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.

2021 Summer Camp 

CBNERR summer camps have been cancelled for 2021 due to Covid-19.  The VIMS campus continues to be closed to the public. With the uncertainty in timing for vaccines, and the unknown of when our campus will be open for visitors, the VIMS summer camps for 2021 have been cancelled.

For more information about each camp, please see the 2019 camp flyer or read through the Frequently Asked Questions below.    

Bay Buddies (rising 3rd and 4th Grade)

Chesapeake Champions (rising 5th and 6th Grade)

Estuary Explorers (rising 7th and 8th Grade)

NERRS Nerds (rising 9th Grade and above) 

**Note: NERRS Nerds also requires a week of volunteering for one of the other camps as a Junior Counselor.  Junior Counselors apply through online submission, 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