Experience the heritage, ecology, and culture of the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends! Spend the night in a lighthouse, join Science Saturdays, or explore the magic of the Chesapeake at summer camp. You can do it all at CBMM!


Rising Tide teaches students basic boatbuilding and woodworking skills in a welcoming, relaxed environment. The program works to inspire participants to develop a sense of self-confidence and pride, and facilitate mentorships that provide guidance and support. Students of the program will be encouraged to become more academically prepared to achieve long-term success, whether on a college track or vocational emphasis, having gained skills in mathematics, engineering, team building, and project management.




Age requirements
Rising Tide is open to students in grades six to nine; students in grades 10 to 12 may also apply for admission to the program.


Class dates and times
After-school classes are typically held Monday through Friday from 3:30–5:30pm. Occasionally, we offer half-day or full day classes. Rising Tide follows Talbot County Public School weather related closings. If school is closed or dismissed early, classes at CBMM will also be canceled.


Appropriate clothing
Safety is our highest priority. Students are required to wear close-toed shoes in the shop. We provide safety glasses, hearing protection, and dust protection in the shop. We also recommend wearing clothes that are okay to get messy. The shop is not climate controlled and students should bring an old jacket or sweater in the colder months. Space is provided to change clothes, and students can leave work clothes at the shop if they attend classes regularly.


Start dates and time commitments
Students are welcome to try out our program for just one day—or sign up for every day of the month! It’s up to you, and we welcome new students at any time in the school year. There is no obligation to sign up for multiple days.


To learn more, contact us at 410-745-4960 or risingtide@cbmm.org.





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Spend your summers with CBMM! Camps allow children ages 4–15 to explore the magic of the Chesapeake’s people, traditions, animals, and environment. Weekly camp programs rotate between age groups, with each session limited to a maximum of 8 campers. Programs offer a fun, hands-on learning environment that includes stories, games, crafts, environmental and on-the-water activities, and creative projects. Summer camps run for 10 weeks during June, July, and August.


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Travel back in time to explore the adventurous, exciting, and sometimes dangerous life of a lighthouse keeper with hands-on, interactive activities. In CBMM’s Lighthouse Overnight Program, youth groups, students, Scouts, children’s groups, and their chaperones experience the rustic life of a lighthouse keeper while spending the night in the historic 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, located on CBMM’s 18-acre campus along St. Michaels Harbor.


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Young mariners are invited to join Science Saturdays! Each month, participants will join an experienced educator in hands-on activities that incorporate science, art, and museum exploration. Sessions for ages 4-7 and 8-11 alternate each month.


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CBMM’s Free Fishing Fridays program invites community members of all ages for catch-and-release fishing on Fridays from 3:30-5:30pm. There are six dates on the fall calendar (Sept. 29-Oct. 20, plus Nov. 10 and 17) for this weather-permitting, drop-in program that teaches the basics of fishing, including casting techniques and fish identification.


No fishing license or equipment is required to participate. Fishing rods and bait are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own fishing pole. Children under 10 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. Anyone interested in participating should contact Youth Programs Coordinator Sophie Stuart at 410-745-4974 or sstuart@cbmm.org.



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