William and Mary

Kiptopeke State Park

Daniel Jordan

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Phone Number : 757-331-3402
Number Internships available : 1
Summary : Beautiful Kiptopeke is located on the shore of Chesapeake Bay near the southern tip of the Eastern Shore. Interns will implement environmental education programs for local students grades K-12, as well as for summer visitors to the park, such as crabbing, fishing, seining, and birding. Lodging available. See details for more information.
Interview Required : Yes
Special Requirements : no special requirements are necessary.
Minimum Time Commitment : 4 Weeks
Lodging Provided : Yes.


Located on the southern tip of the Eastern Shore, Kiptopeke is a diverse 563-acre park with a wide range of educational and recreational opportunities.  It offers users almost a mile of access to the Chesapeake Bay. We have a wide range of visitors, including K-12 students from nearby public and private schools, migrant program participants, and adults. The park offers weekly programs throughout the summer, special events, songbird tours in the fall, and outreach programs in the spring and fall. We do the majority of our programs in the park, but there would be some opportunity to travel short distances to the school and local library to implement programs. During summer we also serve a large range of children that vacation in the park. The park offers a wonderful learning setting for science based programs. During the summer season we offer crabbing, fishing, seine netting, beach ecology and birding programs to name a few. This is an excellent educational setting during the summer season. In the fall, the park serves as a wonderful bird research facility. Kiptopeke sits on the Atlantic flyway and is one of the largest stopovers for migratory songbirds. In 2011, there were over 10,000 songbirds banded at the banding station. The songbird station also serves as an educational setting for multiple school groups.


There is a single wide trailer on-site that is used to house summer interns. This housing is served with one to two other interns. This summer we will be hiring a park interpreter and we will also be selecting an AmeriCorps member. These two positions work together to provide weekly programs during our busy season. The Noyce/TCT Intern would be working alongside these two positons. We normally offer between 20 - 25 programs each week from mid-May through August.