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 2015-2016 academic year.
  • Active in either student government, a student environmental organization, or their school's eco-club.

2015 Summer Courses

All course dates are Monday through Friday. Preference is awarded to students who have not previously experienced a CBF summer course.

SL1. June 22 - 26 Governor's School of Virginia COURSE FULL
SL2. July 6 - 10 Chesapeake Exploration COURSE FULL
SL3. July 13 - 17
Student Bay Advisory Council COURSE FULL
SL4. July 20 - 24
Student Bay Savers COURSE FULL
SL5. July 27 - 31
Norfolk Academy COURSE FULL


Application Process


  • Enrollment is now open. We are accepting applications.

May 1.

  • The first round of Acceptance Letters (and Health Forms) will be sent out.
  • Thereafter, vacancies on SL2, Sl3, and SL4 will be filled on a rolling basis.
  • If a student has applied to a course that has filled, they will be placed on a wait list.
  • If there is vacancy on any course, it will be offered to students on the wait list in the order in which their application has been received.

June 1.

  • The $100 course fee and Student Health Form are due.
  • Course Fee and Health Form are considered confirmation by CBF. We will send out more specific information (packing list, contact numbers, locations, etc.) to students who have been confirmed enrolled.

Course Fee

The 2015 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.



Complete the online application.

Questions: Contact 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

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