Horn Point Laboratory

Visiting our campus

Campus Tours

Horn Point Laboratory offers a 90-minute walking tour that is free and open to the public. Graduate students will give you a behind-the-scenes tour of HPL. You will explore oysters in the Atlantic Coast's largest hatchery, physical oceanography, coastal resilience, water quality, and more.

When you arrive at Horn Point Laboratory, located at 2020 Horns Point Road in Cambridge, turn onto the campus lane and take the first right to the Coastal Science Building. Park in the lot and enter at visitor reception.

The walking tour will begin at the Coastal Sciences Building with a presentation on Chesapeake Bay facts and problems, Horn Point research that seeks solutions for restoration, and your role as stewards of the Bay. There will be three stops on the tour where our laboratories tell the story of the vital role of science in: (1) the physical oceanography of the Bay, (2) Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV), and the Bay ecosystem, (3) oyster restoration, identification of key Bay species, the story of Atlantic sturgeon and innovations in shellfish aquaculture.

This year, tours begin Tuesday, May 31. Tours are available at 10 a.m. Tuesdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Special tours, including those held on Saturday, can be arranged with two weeks notice, depending on availability of tour guides.

Tours are on foot and best suited for individuals 10 years and older.

For details, contact the outreach coordinator at 410-221-8383 or hpltours@umces.edu.

Oyster Culture Facility tours

The Horn Point Oyster Culture Facility 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. If you are interested in a hatchery tour, please contact Stephanie Alexander at tobash@hpl.umces.edu or at 410-221-8310.