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.

2016 Summer Courses

All course dates are Monday through Friday.  Students will receive agenda details and drop-off/pick-up logistics 2-3 weeks prior to the course start date. 

Each Student Leadership summer course has a different itinerary and visits different locations. Students travel during the week, typically camping out two nights and spending three days based out of one of CBF's Education Centers (dormitory facilities). All transportation after the course begins is provided by CBF.


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 2016-2017 academic year.
  • Active in either student government, a student environmental organization, or their school's eco-club.

Application Process

Enrollment is now closed.

May 1, 2016
  • The first round of Acceptance Letters (and Health Forms) will be sent out.
  • Thereafter, vacancies on SL3, SL4, and SL5 will be filled on a rolling basis.
  • If a student 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.
  • Priority is given to students who have not participated in a student leadership course in the past.
June 1, 2016
  • 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 whose enrollment has been confirmed.

Course Fee

The 2016 summer course fee of $100 per student includes instruction, program materials, three meals a day, lodging, guest speaker fees, and various recreational activities.  CBF will collect the course fee 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.  Consider being a CBF member to support these amazing programs.  

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. Learn about all of our educators at  

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. 

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