Chesapeake Biological Laboratory

Annual Open House

2021 Open House Cancelled

Due to continuing concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory will not be able to host our Open House in 2021.

This difficult decision was made in order to mitigate the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, and out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science community.

We look forward to being able to safely gather together to celebrate science on Solomons Island in the future.

You can still engage with the Chesapeake Biological Lab this year by:

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Discover the world of science on Solomons Island at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory's annual Open House! This free, public event provides a "behind-the-scenes" view of exciting research and features demonstrations and exhibits for all ages.

The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory is located on Solomons Island at 146 Williams Street, Solomons MD 20688. View a map

This exciting event provides a "behind-the-scenes" view of the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory's research activities and is the only time during the year the labs are open to the public. Exhibits and hands-on activities include an aquatic animal touch tank, liquid nitrogen chemistry demonstrations, dockside tours of the research vessel Rachel Carson, piloting an underwater robot, a scientist selfie station, and much more!  

Children attending the Open House will receive a passport activity, which allows the first 500 participants to earn prizes by learning about science as they navigate through different stations at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory. The first 500 adults to visit the registration tent will receive a free Chesapeake Biological Laboratory bag!