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Chincoteague Bay Field Station

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Biological & Life Sciences, Environment, Environmental Education

Mission: Chincoteague Bay Field Station (formerly The Marine Science Consortium) provides outstanding multi-disciplinary, educational and research opportunities that celebrate the rich natural, cultural, economic, and technological resources of the mid-Atlantic Coastal region through field-based and hands-on learning, often in affiliation with multiple public and private partners.

Results: Chincoteague Bay Field Station (formerly The Marine Science Consortium) has been connecting students of all ages with the wonders of the mid-Atlantic Coast for 45 years.

Geographic areas served: Mid-Atlantic

Programs: Chincoteague Bay Field Station (formerly The Marine Science Consortium) offers a wide range of programs and classes for college students, children, and adults.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My teenager is looking to make marine sciences his college major. This summer was his second trip to CFS as a week long camper. He had the time of his life! The staff is excellent and very engaging. This facility is the perfect fit for those interested in marine science, ecology and similar topics.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Marine Science Consortium for a week with my grandchild in 2012 and again in 2013. We all had a marvelous time learning about the miracles of our marshes, shorelines, bays and creeks. We seined, we netted, we collected, we studied, we experimented, we swam, we enjoyed Chincoteague ponies, we boated, we bused, and we ate huge ice cream cones. What's not to like if you are a 10 year old girl/boy or a 70 something grandmother/father.

The accommodations are clean and although sparse, very comfortable. The daily schedule is fully packed and also allows time for child play and grandparent rest. The staff is well equipped to handle the rambunctious as well as the sedate. Their abundant knowledge is shared in ways consistent with their audience's levels. The interns obviously enjoyed their time with the children and were very helpful to the grandparents. I am very glad that I was able to afford this week at the beach with my grandchildren. We certainly got out monies worth and more. Thank you for keeping this program so affordable. I have one more grandchild that wants to come next year.



Rating: 5

This place is amazing! The staff is always friendly and willing to help. Many programs led by the staff and others who visit make a huge difference in the scientific community as well as with the local wildlife!
Absolutely wonderful place to get hand on experience!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of teaching a class on kayak building here. I will say up front I was paid to do this so technically I guess that made me part of the staff, but this doesn't influence my review.

I spent 8 days there teaching and what stands out to me is the staff! The staff are like Disney employees, everyone is smiling and willing to help. Never had a problem with anything I asked for or needed. They were always quick to help.

Once during the class we needed some small something, I can't remember exactly what it was but I made the comment to the student I was working with, “I just hate to ask Jim or Emily ( our assistants for the week) for that its so minor”.

She replied "I know, they will just over serve us!" That comment says it all. Ask for a pencil and you get 3 or 4 and a sharpener too.

Even the young high school age interns I meet were friendly and were not afraid to make eye contact and talk with you.

The facilities were top notch too. The cafeteria food was good and staff was, like everyone else, friendly and willing to help.

I was just totally impressed and looking forward to teaching there next year!

The only complaint I had and that was really out of their hands, was the terrible cellular internet service. There is wi-fi available in the main building and I think the commons area of the dorms. But outside those the service was very spotty but of course they have no control over that.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I brought my homeschooled student for one of the excellent programs. It FAR exceeded my expectations. The science was spot on and my son learned a tremendous amount in the short time we were there. The hands-on activities were very engaging and went so much further than I could have in a home setting. They have very well-appointed labs and didn't hesitate to let the kids responsibly use any of their equipment.
The dorms were clean and comfortable and the cafeteria ladies went over and above to ensure that the kids all had things that they liked to eat. I have celiac disease and they provided gluten-free choices and my son is vegetarian. Even the transportation between activities was fun and entertaining. I can't say enough good things! Thanks to Parker and MSC!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a wonderful nonprofit. It is perfectly located to study the Chesapeake Bay's environment. Staff is knowledgeable and professional. Administrators run programs with great care to address the needs of the general public and specific groups. They offer a variety of opportunities for all ages to learn by doing.


Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you, MSC! They gave me a great experience and I can't wait for my family to have similar ones!

Board Member

Rating: 5

The MSC is one of the truly unqiue places where people of all ages can have transformational learning experiences. My two children participated in the summer program years ago, before the new nice facilities existed. They loved their experience at the MSC. Both of them are studing sciences now. Nothing like a great hands-on experience to help children find they joy of learning!


Rating: 5

I've volunteered with this non-profit several times over the past few years and have always been impressed with the quality of their programs. Their staff is always willing to go above and beyond to deliver the best programs and they definitely live up to their tag-line: "Hands on, feet wet education".

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great programs and fantastic staff! We love visiting the MSC and always learn a lot!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Joey B. had a lot of fun and learned a great deal; all while earning a Boyscout merit badge! The hands-on approach made for an unforgettable experience. Mom of Joey B.

Comments ( 1 )


director 05/06/2013

Thank you for such good thoughts! We are glad Joey had such a great time working on his Boyscout merit badge and hope that you both come back soon!