Chesapeake Biological Laboratory


The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory is a vibrant part of the Solomons Island community where students, faculty, visitors, and local residents come to learn about the natural environment.

Visitor Center

The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center offers guests the chance to explore exhibits highlighting the health of the Chesapeake Bay, ongoing research, and an oyster reef community aquarium. Visitors will discover who CBL scientist are, what they are researching, and why it is important.


Science for Citizens Seminars

Learn about the innovative research conducted at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory from the scientists themselves. These public seminars invite the community to gain a better understanding of how our scientists are developing new approaches to solving the environmental management challenges facing Calvert County, our nation, and the world.


Campus Tours

Free campus tours are offered to the public on Fridays at 2 p.m. from June through mid-November. These tours last approximately one hour and depart from the CBL Visitor Center. Please arrive 15 minutes early for tours. Because this is a working lab, campus tours will not include access to our actual laboratories. Children must be age 12 and over and accompanied by a responsible adult. Some areas on the tours may not be handicap accessible as many of our campus building are historic structures. Call the CBL Visitor Center at (410) 326-7443 to confirm Campus Tour availability.

Group Tours

Free Group Tours are an excellent way to learn about our work at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. These pre-arranged tours can be tailored to match the specific interests of your group, allow for a more immersive experience, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at lab research. Group Tours must have a minimum of 10 participants and are appropriate for adult through upper elementary school audiences.  All tours must take place Monday to Friday during normal business hours.  Email the Outreach Coordinator at least two weeks in advance to arrange Group Tours throughout the year.

Volunteer Opportunities

Greet visitors at the Visitor Center, conduct Campus Tours, participate in community outreach events, and assist in the library.  


CBL Newsletter

Stay informed about all the latest news and events at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory with our newsletter.



Get a live view of the waters around the CBL shoreline with the OspreyCam. Onscreen controls allow you to steer and zoom in on items of interest such as tall ships in the local marina, weather conditions on the bay, and of course our own local osprey nests! 


Live Local Weather Reporting

CBL provides live weather reporting for weather junkies and researchers. Learn what the meteorlogical trends are around CBL.