Horn Point Laboratory

Visiting our campus

Campus tours

Horn Point Laboratory invites the community to visit the fascinating world of a world–class scientific research laboratory. Our 90-minute walking tour will give you a new perspective on how our scientists are conducting research to restore the Chesapeake Bay and how individuals and families can take action as stewards and co-restorers of our “national treasure.” 

The walking tour will begin at the Coastal Sciences Building with a presentation on Chesapeake Bay facts and problems, Horn Point research that seeks solutions for restoration, and your role as stewards of the Bay. There will be three stops on the tour where our laboratories will tell the story of the vital role of science in: (1) the physical oceanography of the Bay, (2) Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV), and the Bay ecosystem, (3) oyster restoration and conservation of key Bay species such as sturgeon and terrapin.

Tours are available at 10 a.m. Tuesdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Special tours, including those held on Saturday, can be arranged with two weeks notice, depending on availabilty of tour guides. Tours are best suited for children age 10 and older. For details, contact the outreach coordinator at 410-221-8383 or hpltours@umces.edu.

Open house

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science at Horn Point Laboratory opens its facilities up to the general public every year during October. HPL faculty will have exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on activities for all to learn about the research being conducted at HPL. The Oyster Culture Facility is also highlighted with lots of activities to demonstrate their capabilities and restoration efforts. There will be an HPL Open House in 2018. Stay tuned for the date and more information.

Oyster Culture Facility tours

The Horn Point Oyster Culture Facility offers weekday tours oduring the spawning season, which runs from March through September. Tour groups during the season may have the opportunity to see oysters spawn, baby oyster larvae, and see a working production facility giving the best experience possible. Tours are open to kids of all ages- from preschool on up and usually last 30-60 minutes. If you are interested in a hatchery tour, please contact Stephanie Alexander at tobash@hpl.umces.edu or at 410-221-8310.