NorthBay Summer Center for Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems Education

NorthBay @ Horn Point MSDE Gifted & Talented Summer Center 


NorthBay, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education offers NorthBay’s Summer Center for Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems Education. Located at the University of Maryland Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, MD this summer program brings authentic science education to Maryland’s gifted and talented student population. It is not required that students are identified or currently participating in a Gifted program but a strong desire to explore and investigate local ecosystems and challenge oneself will ensure success.

After choosing a track of study, students will work together to conduct field investigations, collect and analyze real world data and determine the effects of physical, chemical, and biological influences on the Chesapeake Bay. They will have the opportunity to work alongside top scientists and professionals to develop possible solutions for climate change impacts facing our watershed. Using the IEEIA model (Investigating and Evaluating Environmental Issues and Actions), students will utilize common core language arts and math, and next generation science standards. Our Horn Point Team consists of highly trained NorthBay educators, one of the NB Education Managers, and a member of our nursing staff

Program Details:

Registration Deadline May 15, 2019
Price: $385.00 (*$125.00 Deposit required to secure spot)
*Scholarship info available upon request
Middle School (grades 6-8):
Week 1: Sunday, July 14 – Friday, July 19, 2019
High School (grades 9-11):
Week 1: Sunday July 21 – Friday, July 26, 2019

Middle School Tracks 
Oysters – Explore the historical significance as well as current status of oyster populations in the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about their anatomy, how they filter the Bay, and tour Horn Point’s Laboratory.

Wetlands – Investigate the coastal marshes of the Choptank River and all their inhabitants! Learn why these incredibly bio-diverse ecosystems are vital to the Chesapeake Bay and how they help to maintain a healthy habitat.

Invasive Species – Through investigating the marshes, meadows and maritime forests of Horn Point as well as an all day canoe trip through Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and a tour of the Horn Point Laboratory, Learn about specific invasive species that are affecting the Chesapeake bay through investigating the marshes, meadows, and maritime forests of Horn Point.

High School Tracks 
Fish-  Sample fish diversity and abundance with multiple methods in the Choptank at various locations at Horn Point. Learn about migratory fish and issues facing them in the Chesapeake Bay.

Oysters – Learn about their anatomy, how they filter the Bay, and tour Horn Point’s Laboratory.

Crabs- Learn about the importance of Maryland Blue Crabs, their commercial history, and discover crab species that live at Horn Point as we explore different methods of sampling them.

All tracks include doing a 1/2 day canoe trip at Blackwater National Refuge, service projects, sailing on the Skipjack Rebecca T. Ruark with Capt Wade, guest speakers, building remote operated vehicles (ROVs), and the opportunity to film a documentary based on your track of study and team.

NorthBay’s Counselor-in-Training Program
Work alongside our experienced and passionate team this summer! The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program enables your 11th-12th graders to participate in NorthBay @ Horn Point in a whole new way. It’s still a week of investigation and hands-on exploration of the Chesapeake Bay, but now there is leadership training and goal-setting skills built in.. Please send a “kids” resume and cover letter to highlight the attributes you would bring to camp. Submit to

The CIT program is an opportunity for your student to gain real world experience on how to be a positive and effective mentor. CITs will guide campers through their day-to-day activities during the week and provide insight and knowledge from their own experiences. This opportunity is being offered for the middle and high school week of our NorthBay @ Horn Point program. If accepted, the CIT will get half off the cost of camp.

What to Expect:
Work with experienced Camp Instructors to be a positive mentor and coach
Encourage and inspire children to challenge themselves
Collaborate and ignite team spirit and fun
Receive service learning hours and letter of recommendation upon request

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