Explore Chesapeake Bay science at Horn Point Open House

September 22, 2017

CAMBRIDGE, MD (September 22, 2017)—The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory invites the public to a free Open House on Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is “Bay Strong: Fighting for a clean environment.” Learn about healthy marshes, how oysters, travel, and more during a day of free activities for all ages. Children will receive a free t-shirt.

“This is the best day of the year for the community to learn about the science of the Bay. Everyone at the lab is on deck to explain their research with activities and displays that make it easy to understand,” said Horn Point Laboratory Director Mike Roman.

From the banks of the Choptank River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, scientists engage in world-renowned research in oceanography, water quality, restoration of sea grasses, marshes and shellfish, and expertise in ecosystem modeling.

Visitors to the Open House will be able to:

  • Build a healthy marsh and learn who are our best partners in this effort.
  • See an animation of the travels of oyster larvae as they move from the reef where they spawned to their new, permanent home reef. 
  • Match up a DNA sequence to microscopic creatures important to the food chain.
  • Touch a sturgeon whose ancestors date to the Jurassic period
  • Play in a digital sand box to create shorelines and model weather’s impact with laser imaging.
  • Meet and talk to graduate students about their environmental career goals.

At the children’s activity booth, create animals that live in the water with thumb print art. Play games that teach fun facts about the Bay. Go on a scavenger hunt through the exhibits to learn how the Bay’s super heroes are fighting for a cleaner environment.

The open house is all ages and will take place rain or shine. The Horn Point Laboratory campus is located at 2020 Horns Point Road on Route 343 outside of Cambridge, Maryland.

For more information, contact Carin Starr at cstarr@umces.edu, 410-221-8408.


The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science leads the way toward better management of Maryland’s natural resources and the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay. From a network of laboratories located across the state, UMCES scientists provide sound advice to help state and national leaders manage the environment, and prepare future scientists to meet the global challenges of the 21st century. www.umces.edu

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