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 Information

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.

2022 Summer Camp 

CBNERR summer camp applications are closed! The following camps will be offered this summer on the dates provided. All camps will be day-camp only (no overnight). Camp applications, and more information about each camp, are available below. All camps are located in Gloucester Point, VA and take place from 9am-4pm each day. Applications are due April 6th.

For more information about the 2022 camps, see the attached flyer!

Bay Buddies (rising 3rd and 4th Grade) - June 27-July 1, 2022 

Chesapeake Champions (rising 5th and 6th Grade) - August 1-5, 2022 

Estuary Explorers (rising 7th and 8th Grade) - August 8-12, 2022 

**Note: High school students interested in volunteering as a Junior Counselor apply online, 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