NorthBay Summer Center for Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems Education

NorthBay 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. 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 science professionals to develop possible solutions for climate change impacts facing our watershed.  Our team consists of highly trained NorthBay educators, one of the NB Education Managers, and a member of our nursing staff.

Program Details:

Registration Deadline: TBD 2021
Price: $400.00 (*$125.00 Deposit required to secure spot)
*Scholarship info available upon request
Middle School (entering grades 6-8):
Week 1: TBD summer 2021
High School (entering grades 9-11):
Week 1: TBD summer 2021

Middle School Tracks

Bivalves – Explore the historical significance and current status of bivalve populations in the upper Chesapeake Bay. Learn about the niche and natural history of freshwater clams and mussels as well as the environmental and biological threats to their populations!

Wetlands – Investigate the freshwater wetlands at NorthBay. Learn about their importance and research the animals that rely on them. Visit different wetland types and do an action project to help wood ducks!

Invasive Species – Learn about invasive species that are affecting the Chesapeake Bay through investigating wetlands, forest, and stream ecosystems! 

Fish – Discover what species of fish are living in different areas of the Bay. Perform a fish lavage and go rockfishing!



High School Tracks 

Crabs – Catch these crustaceans in the upper Bay with a commercial fisherman. Enjoy discovering their habitat and snorkeling through baygrass in the Flats.

Waterfowl – Go birding at various locations including the Susquehanna Flats, Elk Neck State Park, and the Conowingo Dam. Visit the Decoy Museum in Havre de Grace to understand the significant history of waterfowl in this region.

Baygrass – Learn about the importance of blue carbon in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding wetlands. Explore baygrass in different habitats by boat, kayak, and a visit to the maritime museum in Havre de Grace.

All students will have the opportunity to board our research vessel, the Ms. Nancy, and snorkel on the Susquehanna Flats. They can also choose to participate in our high ropes course, zipline, giant swing, and sailing adventures. Depending on total camper registration, we will take a tour of the Conowingo Dam and go tubing at Deer Creek.


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 the Summer Center in a new way. It is 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. 

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 only for the middle school program. Submit a kids resume and cover letter to

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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