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. 


Watershed Moments Community Learning Series Presents 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. Facebook page

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. This event is an activity of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Inc.

Baskets will combine a variety of items. To date, silent auction donors and items include:

  • Armstrong Insurance
  • Gift certificate for 2 for dinner at Guiseppe's Italian Restaurant (valued at $100)
  • 2 seasonal pool passes to the City of Frostburg Community Pool (valued at $105)
  • Signed James Grove Print "Winter View of Frostburg, Maryland" (valued at $100, donor Barbara Johnson)
  • Gift certificate for Main Street Books (valued at $25)
  • Gift certificate for 2 pieces of FireFly Farm's handmade goat cheese (valued at $25)
  • Merchandise from Mountain City Traditional Arts (valued at $20)
  • Sampler pack (pasture-raised pork products) from Savage River Farm (valued at $25-30)
  • Gift certificate to the Herb Expo at the Evergreen Heritage Center 
  • Field collection and lunch at the Appalachian Lab

Upcoming Events

February 11, 2016
2/11/16, Helen Bailey, UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Topic: Going...
February 19, 2016
Gary Kinard, USDA National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Topic: TBD, Host:...
February 20, 2016
Special event presented with the Evergreen Heritage Center and Frostburg Grows...