Horn Point Laboratory Open House

October 2, 2017

Meet the super heroes fighting for a healthier Chesapeake Bay

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.” The day features exhibits by the laboratory’s scientists of their investigations in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal areas along the Atlantic Coast. All community Open House activities are free and open to the public, and 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.

LISTEN: Horn Point's Open House featured on WHCP 101.5

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.

  • 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 or 410-221-8408.