Build Your Own Canoe Members Only
June 23 – June 28 9:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Boating Safety Course through Sailing Center Chesapeake)
Build a real boat you can take home! We will teach you to make your own 12-foot plywood canoe. During the week, you will master basic woodworking and finishing skills to make a boat that you can enjoy for years to come. Learn sailing skills when commanding radio-control model sailboats in the boat basin and practice some of the maritime skills needed to catch crabs during a cruise on the drake tail work boat. We’ll take a break from boat building with a lunch cruise with your family members on the Wm. B. Tennison. At the Grand Finale on Saturday, you and the other campers will race your new canoes on the Patuxent River. Your family and friends are encouraged to join us at our own regatta and celebrate with awards.
Students enrolled in this course will have a spot reserved in the Spirit of America Boating Safety Program for middle school students run by St. Mary’s College of Maryland & the Sailing Center Chesapeake and sponsored by the National Water Safety Congress and the Spirit of America Foundation. At the end of this week-long program, participants will receive the State of Maryland boating safety certificate. For more information and to download enrollment forms, visit http://sailingcenterchesapeake.org/spirit-of-america-program/
Open to members only. FEE: $270 for the two-week experience; scholarships available from the Conant Fund for eligible applicants. Call for information.
July 7 – July 11 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Become a junior paleontologist, and hunt the beaches for fossil shark teeth, whale bones, and the shells of ancient snails and clams. Work with our professional paleontologists to uncover the mysteries of these ancient animals and the environments in which they lived. Learn collecting techniques and how to properly preserve your specimens. Work on reconstructing a modern skeleton to compare with ancient fossils. Keep a field journal, complete with your own drawings and observations. Visit area beaches to hunt for fossils.
FEE: $135 / CMMS members $120.
Location: Cove Point Lighthouse / Calvert Marine Museum.
Environmental Institute I
July 28 – August 1 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Environmental Institute I is designed for young people who have a strong curiosity about the natural environment and want to learn more through hands-on experience. The Calvert Marine Museum and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) work together to offer this exceptional opportunity. Participants will talk with CBL scientists who have collected base data on the Patuxent River and Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years. They will review the trends, and then do water sampling and analysis to see how their results match up. They will map the shoreline from aboard the skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s and visit a shoreline restoration project at Cove Point and a living shoreline. The institute will conclude with team presentations for friends, parents, and colleagues about their findings.
FEE: $75. Participation in Environmental Institute I is based on a competitive application process and is limited to 12 participants. The tuition is subsidized by a grant from the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust. For information and a copy of the application: Download here.
Location: Calvert Marine Museum / Chesapeake Biological Laboratory.
Environmental Institute II
August 4 - 8 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Environmental Institute II students will explore a key indicator of Chesapeake Bay health: the oyster. The skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s serves as the classroom and will convey the group to a number of sites related to this study, including an oyster hatchery At Morgan State University’s Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL) to learn about the oyster life span. We will work with local watermen to experience harvesting oysters, visit the Lore Oyster House to learn about the oyster’s journey from the oyster bed, to the processing plant, to the table. Students will sail the Dee of St. Mary’s to Point Lookout State Park for an overnight camping experience and sail back the following day. The goal of the program is to have students understand the environmental challenges facing the Chesapeake Bay, and develop their own action plans for addressing those challenges. The institute concludes with student presentations of their findings.
FEE: $150. Environmental Institute II requires successful completion of Environmental Institute I and is limited to 12 participants. The tuition is subsidized by a grant from the Cove Point Natural Heritage Trust.
Location: Calvert Marine Museum / Chesapeake Biological Laboratory / Dee of St. Mary’s.
Jr. Docent Boot Camp - By invitation only
June 30 – July 3
This program involves a two year commitment from middle school students to learn how to be museum docents. The program kicks off with a weeklong “boot camp” where each cohort gets initiated into the behind-the-scenes workings of a museum. To be considered for the Jr. Docent Program, click on the link at the top of this page to access criteria and application procedures.
FEE: $25 to cover materials, badge, and T-shirt.