Header: Student Wave - CBF's website for studentsPhoto by Colin Kroh


Student Leadership Summer Courses



About CBF Student Summer Environmental Courses

CBF's Student Leadership course participants hike, fish, wade, observe, sail, seine, and paddle in some of the most beautiful and inspiring natural areas in the Chesapeake watershed. Through 'teachable moments,' our student leadership courses connect students with the Chesapeake. Memories from these experiences serve as an enduring motivator for our future leaders. They provide a foundation of inspiration upon which students can build professional skills. While some student participants attend CBF summer programs to prepare themselves as environmental educators, advocates, and scientists, these courses also appeal to students who just enjoy being outside and active in nature.


While CBF recognizes that there are many types of student leaders and that the effort to Save the Bay™ is watershed-wide, we have chosen the following eligibility requirements to more effectively support students after the summer course has concluded.

Student applicants must be:

  • Entering 9th - 12th grades for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  • Active in either student government, a student environmental organization, or their school's eco-club.


All course dates are Monday through Friday. Preference is awarded to students who have not previously experienced a CBF summer course. These dates are from the 2014 courses, as a preview. When summer 2015 is scheduled, course listings will be updated.

SL1. June 23 - 27 Limited to students from Governor's School of Virginia.
SL2. July 7 - 11 Limited to students affiliated with the Student Bay Advisory Council (SBAC). Course is now filled.
SL3. July 21 - 25 Course is filled.
SL4. July 28 - Aug 1 Course is filled.
SL5. Aug 4 - 8 Limited to students from Norfolk Academy.


Application Process

This was the application process for summer 2014, listed here as a preview. When summer 2015 process is determined, information will be updated.

  • May 1. The first round of Acceptance Letters (and Health Forms) will be sent out. Any vacancies on SL2, Sl3, and SL4 will become open to all eligible students who will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applications sent between May 1 and May 7 will be added to the waitlist.
  • May 15. The $100 course fee is due. It will be considered confirmation of participation.
  • June 1. Health forms are due to CBF. A completed Health Form is mandatory for all students before the course begins.

Course Fee

The 2014 summer course fee of $100 per student includes instruction, program materials, three meals a day, lodging, guest speaker fees, and various recreational activities. It will be collected after students receive notice they are accepted to the program.

*CBF is able to reduce the original operating cost of this course from $1,500 through the generous support of CBF donors and grants.



Check back in early 2015 for summer 2015 applications!

Questions: Contact SLcoordinator@cbf.org or call 410-268-8816

Program Staffing and CBF Educators

There will be at least two CBF educators staffing each summer course. Other CBF staff and educators may join the group as captains, hosts at island education centers, or as resources for learning. 

CBF educators are certified in:

  • Wilderness First Responder medical training
  • Adult and Child & Infant CPR
  • Community Water Safety
  • American Canoe Association Certification

Our educators serve as facilitators. They establish a clear learning pathway for the student experience, guiding students' journey while allowing ample freedom and choice for them to explore and investigate environmental issues that reflect their interest. We believe that allowing students to follow their passion is the best way for them to discover their own leadership capacity. Our professional educators ensure a safe and positive learning environment, while respecting students as individuals. We seek to cultivate within each group a culture of empowerment, encouraging curiosity and mutual respect. 

A Look at Past Summer Courses

CBF Student Wave on Facebook CBF Student Wave on Twitter CBF Student Wave on Instagram CBF Student Wave on YouTube
Follow CBF Student Wave

1-888-SAVEBAY / 1-888-728-3229

BBB Accredited Charity
GuideStar Exchange Gold Participant Seal

Bids & ProposalsPrivacy Policy

© 2014 Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
All Rights Reserved.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is a nonprofit,
tax-exempt charitable organization under
Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.