RAMS Center for Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems Education

NorthBay @ Horn Point

NorthBay, partnering with the Maryland State Department of Education, will host this year’s Ecosystems Education Program at the Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, MD. In partnership with the RAMS corporations generous support, NorthBay @ Horn Point will bring authentic science education to Maryland’s gifted and talented student population.

Students will conduct field investigations on marsh and oyster loss in the Chesapeake Bay as well as have the opportunity to work alongside scientists in one of the best marine research facilities in the world. Students will spend their days investigating the diverse ecosystems of the eastern shore while their nights will be filled with campfires, games, and friendship.

Students will have the opportunity to choose a focus for their research and will spend time on and off site. Depending on their track of choice, students will visit Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge to explore the beautiful marshlands and learn more about the rehabilitation practices onsite. Students will also be able to visit a commercial oyster hatchery as well as the oyster hatchery at Horn Point Lab to compare practices. All students will take a day trip out on a historic Skipjack as well, to learn more about the history of fishing on the Bay.

This week long summer program is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain experience in authentic scientific investigation while enjoying all that Maryland’s eastern shore has to offer.

• Oysters
• Marsh
• Invasive Species


Booking your Ecosystems Education summer week is easy!

Click the MSDE website link to register: Register Here! 
Or contact NorthBay’s Horn Point Team Manager, Jen Pecor: hornpoint@northbayadventure.org

What I Need to Know

All of our class locations, adventure courses, and equipment are regularly certified and inspected.  Our staff members are background checked & drug tested, qualified in their field, and First Aid, CPR, and Med-Tech trained.

NorthBay has a zero tolerance with the following: drugs, alcohol, cigarettes & weapons. Parents will be notified immediately and children will be sent home if found with any of the items listed above. 

We request that cell phones and other electronic equipment be left at home as they are dangerous distractions during adventure classes.  Cell phones brought to camp are stored in cabin safes and children are allowed to make calls before dinner time.

Check In:
Session A:Sunday, July 16 between 1 pm and 2 pm
Session B:Sunday, July 23 between 1 pm and 2 pm
Pick Up:
Session A: will be picked up Friday, July 21 at the conclusion of the student presentations around 11:30 am
Session B: will be picked up Friday, July 28 at the conclusion of student presentations around 11:30am

*Parents are invited to attend student presentations which will begin at 10am and conclude no later than 11:30am.  We ask that all families stay through all presentations on pick up days.

What to Bring to NorthBay @ Horn Point — and what not to bring!
Students and adults are responsible for bringing personal items and clothing which is appropriate for the season. We want your stay to be as pleasant and trouble free as possible. A partial, suggested list follows:

Sleeping Bag
Twin Bedding Sheets
Rain gear and boots
Tennis or hiking shoes
Shoes to wear in the water
Several changes of outer clothing
Changes of inner clothing
Several pairs of socks
Personal Gear
Towel, soap, and shampoo
Toothbrush & Toothpaste
Writing materials
Water bottle
Insect Repellent

Warm Jacket
Winter Hat (ear muffs are not enough)
Winter Gloves (2 pairs)
Long underwear
Swimsuit and beach towel

Please DO NOT bring the items listed below:
Radios or CD Players
MP3 Players or IPods
Gaming Platforms (XBox, GameBoy, etc.)
Gum of any kind
Snack Food
Cell phones – If brought to camp, phones may be restricted/collected and returned at the end of camp.