The Environmental Studies Certificate Program at St. Mary’s High School takes full advantage of opportunities made available to the campus and community located on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest estuary. Students in this program explore the responsibilities associated with environmental stewardship through academic study, hands-on experience, community service, and a capstone field project component. Students make a three-day educational excursion to remote locations in the Chesapeake where they will be immersed in bay science, culture, and ecology. Program students also take advantage of a wide variety of partnering opportunities with local, regional, and national environmental organizations in the Baltimore-Washington-Annapolis area. This program is open to all students. The courses Environmental Literature and Environmental Science are required. Successful participants earn the Certificate of Environmental Studies, presented at graduation ceremonies alongside the St. Mary’s High School diploma.