Annual Community Appreciation Weekend

Annual Community Appreciation Weekend

The Annual Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy Community Appreciation Weekend is an opportunity to celebrate what has been accomplished and to look toward the future. Naturalists’ past and present, Advisory Team members, financial supporters, and friends of the program are invited to Emerald Bay for a weekend of community building and island activities including snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, archery, hiking, campfires, Beach Tie Gala, and more! Tickets are offered in tiers, with an at-cost option and sponsorship levels.

Thank you for joining us in 2023! Registration and details for 2024 will be posted in March 2024.


Our next Community Appreciation Weekend will be held May 27-29. 2023.


Transportation will be via Harbor Breeze from Long Beach. Transportation subject to change.

The weekend is open invite: Staff alumni, organizational partners, schools and families, the Island community, and anyone who has interest in learning more about the Academy.

Lodging will be shared cabin spaces. Anyone who would prefer to stay in tent housing is welcome to do so, please email [email protected] to arrange tent housing.

*Current registration is based on available cabin space. Once cabin spaces have been filled, additional registration spots may be opened for tent housing.*


Tentative Schedule:

Saturday, May 27:

6:00 – 6:30 AM: Arrival at Harbor Breeze Long Beach (100 Aquarium Way Dock #2) and board boat.

6:30 AM: Harbor Breeze departs from Long Beach

8:00 AM: Arrival Camp Emerald Bay & Breakfast

8:30 AM: Camp Orientation & Housing Assignments

9:00 – 12:00: Free Time Activities

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 PM: Free Time Activities

6:00 PM: Dinner

7:30 PM: Optional Beach Campfire


Sunday, May 28:

7:30 AM: Breakfast

8:00 – 12:00: Free Time Activities

12:30 PM: Lunch

1:00 – 5:00 PM: Free Time Activities

6:30 PM: Beach Tie Gala & Dinner (Participants will go straight down to the beach, not the dining hall. The Beach Tie Gala is a fun outdoor party on the waterfront with dinner included. There will be games, music, drinks, and dancing. Wear your best wacky beach wear!)


Monday, May 29:

7:30 AM: Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 AM: Pack Up, Clean Cabins & Line Up on Pier

9:00 AM: Harbor Breeze Departs to Long Beach

10:30 AM: Harbor Breeze Arrives in Long Beach


Registration Options:

Registration is offered in Tiers to allow people to join at Donor Levels. Please consider selecting a Donor Level to support the ongoing work of the Academy!

The first two registrations that include at least one Gray Whale level sponsor will be housed in one of our beach houses. This page will be updated when those have been booked.

Students at Emerald Bay Sign


  • “Emerald Bay took learning and made it fun, which is hard to do”

    Ava, student
  • “I would say that it was a way to get closer to the people that you see everyday. Like for me I feel closer to my classmates than other classes because of this experience. My class and I were the first class in our school to go to this trip and it was filled with many fun activities. I think other people should visit because they will learn many new things and have fun rather than the everyday to day life. It’s nice to do something different. Like for me I sometimes get bored at home but knowing that I had something to do in a new place was nice compared to the same repetitive lifestyle. All of the staff were very helpful and happy to help and answer any questions that you have. The food was also great! Everything had a great flavor and everything was fresh and warm.”

    Emma, student
  • “Emerald Bay is so much fun, it teaches you to be a good contributor to the environment. It takes doing something serious into something fun! It makes your bunkmates feel like they are family, AND you might make new friends!”

    Liam, student