2020 Young Environmental Stewards’ Summer Conference

THE CONFERENCE
The Young Environmental Stewards’ Conference is designed to introduce you to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Led by staff at the Center for Environment & Society (CES), this four-day conference includes kayaking, wildlife habitat research, marine research, and more.  The Chester River is a tributary of our beloved Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest estuary. The river is one of Chestertown’s most important resources—and one of the things that make Washington College truly unique. At the Young Environmental Stewards’ Conference, you’ll have the opportunity to get out on the river and explore the local environment with other like-minded students.

FIELD WORK
You’ll spend the week exploring the connections between land and water. Working at Washington College’s River and Field Campus (RAFC), our 4,700-acre living laboratory, you’ll see samples of RAFC’s varied ecosystems, including some that are geographically exclusive to the area. You’ll also have the chance to trawl the Chester River in our research vessel, Callinectes. Additionally, you’ll have a chance to put your stewardship to action on some environmental projects.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
It’s not all research and hard work! We know how to have fun at CES, and the Chester River provides a great opportunity for leisure time on the water. You’ll visit WC’s brand-new Hodson Boathouse to launch kayaks, venture up the river, and explore RAFC. The water is warm, so jump right in!

Program Fee: $700 (includes room and board)

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