Appalachian Laboratory

The Appalachian Laboratory (AL) is an environmental research facility of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES), the principal institution for advanced environmental research and graduate studies within the University System of Maryland. The other UMCES campuses are Horn Point Laboratory (HPL) on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) in Southern Maryland, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore, and the Maryland Sea Grant College in College Park. 

AL was founded in 1962, and is located in the mountains of western Maryland in the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Faculty at the Laboratory seek to determine the effects of natural and human-induced changes on organisms, landscapes, and biogeochemical and hydrological cycles.  Faculty then apply scientific results to unravel the consequences of environmental change, manage natural resources, restore ecosystems, and foster ecological literacy. 


Upcoming Watershed Moments Community Learning Series

The Appalachian Lab, Evergreen Heritage Center, and Frostburg Grows Present February Seeds of Time Screening and Benefit

When was the last time you really thought about seeds? Have you ever wondered how seeds are stored? The Appalachian Laboratory, the Evergreen Heritage Center, and Frostburg Grows will host a screening of the documentary, Seeds of Time, on Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Palace Theatre in Frostburg.

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Seeds of Time follows agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler as he races against time and around the globe to protect the future of our food. It asks an important question – how do we, with a rise in disruptive weather patterns and civil unrest, preserve and protect our food supply? The documentary also takes viewers from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway to a potato farm in the Andes Mountains, from a community seed swap in Iowa to a Russian crop collection in St. Petersburg, to explore how we can save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds. The movie trailer is available at

No admission will be charged; donations welcome. Concessions and desserts will be available for purchase, and the proceeds from a Silent Auction will benefit the three partner organizations and their education programs. An informal Q&A featuring Dr. Gary Kinard (a seed bank expert and research leader of the USDA’s National Germplasm Resources Lab, and self-described Carolina farm boy) will follow the screening. 

Proceeds from a Silent Auction benefit the Appalachian Lab, the Evergreen Heritage Center, and Frostburg Grows. A panel discussion featuring Gary Kinard, seed bank expert and research leader of the USDA’s National Germplasm Resources Lab, will follow the screening. For more information, call 301-689-7102. This event is an activity of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc.

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February 20, 2016
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