NorthBay’s On-Campus Residential School Year Program

NorthBay teaches students language arts, math, science and social studies as we challenge students to recognize how their actions affect their futures, their communities and the environment. We have developed a number of programs to accomplish these goals.

Our on-camp program is designed as a 5 day 4 night residential outdoor education program where students learn Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies while they conduct authentic investigations of environmental issues.

The NorthBay program uses authentic environmental issue investigation to teach common core language arts and math, and next generation science. Our guiding questions are: 1)  How do your actions affect your future?, 2) How do your actions affect your community?, and 3) How do your actions affect the environment? Each day has a science skill and character/environmental theme that help us guide students to answers to these questions.

Students are in 2 classes each day.  One in the morning after breakfast till lunch (9-12) and a second in the afternoon after lunch until activity time (1-3:30).  Students conduct authentic investigations during class and use language arts, math, science and social studies knowledge and skills to complete each investigation.

Each afternoon is filled with more learning opportunities on our adventure elements.  Students overcome their fears by scaling the indoor climbing wall or by flying through the air on our giant swing.

After dinner, residential campers partake in one of NorthBay’s most unique environmental and character education components – NorthBay Live! NorthBay Live incorporates live performances and cutting edge media to deliver a message that stresses that there is power and responsibility in our individual choices.  Students have a blast at NorthBay Live and the coupling of our day-time education with the evening program makes for an education experience that cannot be matched.

Continue to read more about our education programs by exploring the links under the “Education Program” drop down menu, or experience NorthBay through our guided video tour below.


Booking NorthBay for your group, event or school is easy. 

If you are interested in booking a school for our week long program, CWI program, or a day trip at NorthBay throughout the school year, please contact     Daniel Burke at the office: 443-674-9025, on his cell phone at 410-245-9561, or at his email:    

NorthBay Education Program FAQs

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. Skateboards are also prohibited at NorthBay.

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.

What to Bring to NorthBay — 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 at NorthBay to be as pleasant and trouble free as possible. A partial, suggested list follows:

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
Store money (small bills)

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

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