Apply for an Education Program

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Get Started With A CBF Field Experience

CBF offers many opportunities for students, teachers, and other adults to get outside and learn about the wonders of our Bay region. Here's everything you need to apply for one of our one-day programs or residential programs

Important Information About Submitting Your Application

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  3. Upon completion, click the "Submit by E-mail" button at the end of the form.
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  5. A draft e-mail message will be created with your application attached. Personalize your message if you wish, then send.

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Application Process

  1. Complete the application and submit by the following deadlines:
    • All Fall 2014/Spring 2015 residential program applications are due by May 16, 2014. 
    • Fall 2014 one-day program applications are due by May 16, 2014.
    • Summer 2014 applications will be on rolling acceptance.
  2. When completing your application, please take the following into account:
    • Programs: Some programs run from a variety of locations. Please indicate your preferred canoe, boat, or ferry location after the program name. If you do not select a site, our field staff will select one with you after the trip is booked. The cost for the Smith Point or Onancock ferry is $400/group and is available from mid-April through mid-October, weather permitting.
    • Dates: Please be flexible about the date of your program(s). We will make every effort to accommodate you but cannot guarantee specific dates. Indicate how many trips you will need.
    • Group Size: The number of participants includes teachers and chaperones. Maximum numbers are listed on group size and pricing chart. If your group size exceeds the maximum number allowed for a program, you have two options: request two or more programs on the same date, or request the program on multiple dates.
  3. An e-mail will be sent to confirm receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail it means that we did not receive your application. To prevent your e-mail service from marking your confirmation message as spam, please add to your accepted domains list.
  4. A confirmation letter confirming your program date(s) will be e-mailed approximately one month after the application due date.
  5. If we are unable to fill your request, you will be placed on a waitlist and may receive a date later in the season, as cancellations come in. You will only be notified if we are able to fill your request.
  6. Pre-trip information will be e-mailed to you shortly after the confirmation letter.
  7. Signed confirmation letters and payment/deposits are due back to our office by the date noted on your confirmation letter.
  8. Cancellations: There is no penalty for canceling your program 30 days ahead for one-day programs or 45 days ahead for residential programs. Cancellations made after the 30/45 days grace period will forfieit your deposit and affect your chances for a future field experience.

If you have further questions, feel free to contact Education Scheduling at 800-445-5572 or

Funding Information

Thanks in large part to private donations, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation can offer student programs at rates that are much lower than the actual operating costs of our programs. 

Maryland schools:  The Maryland State Department of Education has provided CBF with a grant that subsidizes the cost of our programs for Maryland schools to $220 per day for a one-day program. For more information, please contact or call 800-445-5572.

Also, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, funded by "Treasure the Chesapeake" license plates, supplies schools with grants for environmental projects and field trips.  For further information on their application procedure, contact the Chesapeake Bay Trust, 60 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21401; 410-974-2941. 

Virginia schools:  The Virginia Naturally Classrooms Grant of $500, $750 or $1,000 is available for the purpose of conducting field studies with students. The application is simple to fill out and available online:

All Schools/School Groups:  Due to cuts in state funding, we are not offering reduced rates on all programs. CBF will subsidize groups in need as much as possible.  Please contact the Education Coordinator to request a reduced rate.

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For information about Chesapeake Classrooms and other professional learning opportunities for teachers and principals, please see our Professional Development section.

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