The Upward Bound Program is coordinated by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an historically-black university, and the Maryland Coastal Bays Program. The program targets minority high school students and provides a variety of experiences for the group throughout the school year. Program partners include Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague State Park, MD Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and more. The academic year portion of the program serves 25 students from Worcester, Wicomico, and Somerset counties.
Each summer, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and its partners host Summer Upward Bound Marine & Estuarine Program sessions. Summer 2009 sessions focused on local African-American history, and included activities at the newly-opened Delmarva Discovery Center, Sturgis One-Room Schoolhouse, New Bethel Church, Germantown School, the J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake, and Assateague Island National Seashore. Twenty-five participating students studied local African-American heritage, biology, natural history, ecology, and culture. Students had opportunities to meet with a variety of local historians and field experts, and participated in activities designed to facilitate connections to local nature and heritage. Fall 2009 sessions focus on sustainability. Farm-to-table, wildlife management, fisheries, and green jobs sessions are planned.