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 the Community 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.


Virtual Science Seminar

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chesapeake Biological Lab is challenging itself to host a “Virtual Science Semester” that will take viewers behind-the-scenes for a dynamic view of science in actions. Join us for public seminars, interviews, and lab videos.


Wave of Plastic Middle School Curriculum Unit

Wave of Plastic is a curricular unit helping middle school students make sense of the core ideas related to issues of plastic pollution by engaging in authentic interdisciplinary practice culminating in comprehensive, student-driven, informed action projects. 


Live, Local Weather & Water Reporting

CLICK FOR WEATHER DATA   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!


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! 


CBL Newsletter

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


Annual Open House

Discover the world of science on Solomons Island at the Chesapeake Biological Lab's 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.

Volunteer Opportunities

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