New Chesapeake Bay Environmental Study Vessel to be Christened at NorthBay Adventure Camp in Maryland

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“R/V Miss Nancy” Will be Used by Middle School Students for Authentic Bay Investigations.

The christening of the “R/V Miss Nancy,” a 48-foot-long vessel that will be used by NorthBay Adventure Camp in North East, Md., to take classes of students out on the Chesapeake Bay where they will conduct authentic science investigations related to environmental restoration. The vessel will play a key role in NorthBay’s mission of changing children’s lives. The “R/V Miss Nancy” expands NorthBay’s commitment to giving students opportunities to participate authentic science investigations and get them reconnected to the natural world. NorthBay is now operating a full school year program, which makes the Christening of the “R/V Miss Nancy” a next logical expansion component. NorthBay’s mission is to challenge middle school students to realize that their attitudes and actions have a lasting impact on their future, the environment and the people around them by using approved Maryland Department of Education curriculum and the outdoors as an integrating context.

The ceremony occurs on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 5:30 p.m., at NorthBay, 11 Horseshoe Point Lane, Northeast, MD 21901. John Erickson, chairman and CEO of Erickson Retirement Communities, and his wife Nancy – for whom the vessel is named – will officiate at the christening ceremony. Faculty from George Mason University who are conducting research at NorthBay on the use of technology to aid in connecting students to the environment will be present for the ceremony, as will Baltimore City Public Schools children. The research project will be conducted using Baltimore City Public School students piloting a 20-pound remote-controlled submarine. R/V MISS NANCY is a 48′ x 14′ twin 115hp vessel that has been USCG inspected for 49 (Seating for 44).

NorthBay was established in 2005 by The Erickson Foundation to establish educational opportunities for young people. Through its partnerships with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Department of Education, NorthBay hosts more than 10,000 middle school students each year. With a full-time staff of more than 100 professionals, NorthBay uses experiential education to instill confidence, knowledge, and leadership in young people and teach them that their actions have a lasting impact on the future. NorthBay is located on more than 97 acres at the confluence of the Chesapeake Bay and Susquehanna River in Cecil County, Md.

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