NorthBay Summer Center for Chesapeake Bay Ecosystems Education

“Now Located on Our Elk Neck Campus in North East, MD!”  


NorthBay 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: June 1, 2021
Price: $600.00 (*$200.00 Deposit required to secure spot)

Middle School (entering grades 6-8) & High School (entering grades 9-11):
Week 1: June 14th -18th
Middle School (entering grades 6-8) & High School (entering grades 9-11):
Week 2: June 28th – July 2nd

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 and sampling for baygrass. 

Fish – Discover what species of fish are living in different areas of the Bay. Perform a fish lavage and investigate microplastics.


High School Tracks 

Crabs – Learn about the history of crab harvesting and catch these crustaceans in the upper Bay. Enjoy discovering their habitat and snorkeling through baygrass on the Flats.

Waterfowl – Learn about the history of waterfowl on the Susquehanna flats and go birding at various locations.

Baygrass – Learn about the history and importance of blue carbon in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding wetlands. Explore baygrass in different habitats by boat and snorkel among the grass beds on the Susquehanna flats.

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. 


NorthBay’s Counselor-in-Training Program

Prospective CIT’s can register and pay $200 deposit then submit their resume and cover letter to If chosen they will receive a 50% discount off tuition. 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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