Horn Point Laboratory


Engaging area residents is part of the Horn Point Laboratory's environmental research mission. A world-class research facility located right on the Eastern Shore; HPL strives to take what we learn in the lab into our local community.

By volunteering at the lab, visiting our campus and oyster hatchery for tours and open houses, or inviting an expert from our Speakers Bureau to speak at your event, area residents go behind the scenes and learn from some of the best and brightest in the environmental research field.

Horn Point Laboratory also fosters the community's involvement in restoring the Chesapeake Bay through its Chesapeake Champion award and an oyster shell-recycling program.

Speakers Bureau

Horn Point Laboratory has a variety of faculty conducting research that is of interest to everyone, and our lab has a list of faculty interested in presenting at community events or for civic organizations about their research. If your organization would like to have one of our faculty as a speaker for their event, please contact Carin Starr, our Community Relations Manager, at 410-221-8408 or cstarr@umces.edu.  


Chesapeake Champion

HPL students Blake Clark and Melanie Jackson presenting CC 2017 award to Jim Brighton

At Horn Point Lab, we do research year after year to increase our understanding of the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and what we need to do to restore and protect this great natural resource. This knowledge alone is not enough. Within our community, there are people who show through their example how to sustain our wildlife, landscapes and water. They are the motivating force from which our desire to identify and honor local Chesapeake Champions was born. All proceeds from Chesapeake Champion benefit the scientific research of Horn Point Lab, helping to ensure the health of the Chesapeake Bay.



Horn Point Laboratory invites the community to visit the fascinating world of a world–class scientific research laboratory. Our 90-minute walking campus 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 Horn Point Oyster Culture Facility also offers weekday tours during 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.



Horn Point Laboratory provides a unique volunteer experience for individuals and groups, who like the outdoors, care about the bay, want to increase their knowledge about our Chesapeake environment, like to use their skills to help others, and want to be a member of a congenial and welcoming community.


Recycling Oyster Shells

You can now bring used oyster shells to a recycling station at the Oyster Restoration Partnership site at the Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge. Station hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. The drop-off location is about a half-mile down the driveway of the Horn Point Laboratory campus. Bins are located on the left. For more information, call 410-228-9250.