Chesapeake Biological Laboratory


The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory is a vibrant part of the Solomons Island community where students, faculty, visitors, and local residents come to learn about the natural environment.

Visitor Center

The Chesapeake Biological Laboratory Visitor Center offers guests the chance to explore exhibits highlighting the health of the Chesapeake Bay, exciting research being conducted by CBL scientists, and an oyster reef community aquarium.


Science for Citizens Seminars

Learn about innovative research conducted at the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory from the scientists themselves. These public seminars invite the community to discover how our scientists are developing new approaches to solving the environmental challenges facing Southern Maryland, our nation, and the world.


Annual Open House

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.


Speakers Bureau

Chesapeake Biological 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. You can browse our list of experts and types of presentations they can make at your event.


Group Tours

Free Group Tours are pre-arranged tours that allow for a behind-the-scenes look at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory research. Group Tours must have a minimum of 12 participants and are appropriate for adult through upper middle school audiences.  Minors must be accompanied by responsible adults.  All tours must take place Monday to Friday during normal business hours.  Email the Outreach Coordinator at least two weeks in advance to arrange Group Tours throughout the year.

Campus Tours

Campus tours are currently being redeveloped. Please check back soon for a schedule of availability. When restarted, free campus tours will last approximately one hour and depart from the CBL Visitor Center. Please arrive 15 minutes early for tours. Because this is a working lab, campus tours will not include access to laboratories. Children must be age 12 and over and accompanied by a responsible adult. Some areas on the tours may not be handicap accessible as many of our campus building are historic structures. Call the CBL Visitor Center at (410) 326-7443 to confirm Campus Tour availability.

Volunteer Opportunities

Greet visitors at the Visitor Center, conduct Campus Tours, participate in community outreach events, and assist in the library.  


CBL Newsletter

Stay informed about all the latest news and events at Chesapeake Biological Laboratory with our newsletter.



Get a live view of the waters around the CBL shoreline with the HarborCam. Onscreen controls allow you to steer and zoom in on items of interest such as tall ships in the local marina, weather conditions on the bay, and of course our own local osprey nests! 


Live Local Weather & Water Reporting

CLICK FOR WEATHER  -  Learn what the meteorlogical trends are around CBL.

CLICK FOR WATER DATA  -  See current conditions & recent patterns in the Patuxent River through CBL's Pier Monitoring Program!