Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (UMCES)
Solomons, MD
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Founded in a small waterman's shack in 1925, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory is the oldest state-supported marine laboratory on the East Coast and has been the stage for numerous landmark discoveries that now serve as a foundation for many environmental practices currently used to preserve and protect the Chesapeake Bay. The Laboratory's mission has been two-fold: promoting excellence in marine research and graduate education while sharing the results of ongoing exploration with the larger scientific community and citizens of Maryland. Located at the mouth of the Patuxent River on Solomons Island, it is one of three laboratories of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.
Location / Directions: Once in Solomons, follow Route 2 South to the end of Solomons Island. After passing the Solomons Pier Restaurant on your right (a building built out over the Patuxent River), continue around a bend to the left and then around another bend to the right. Turn right onto Williams Street, and into the CBL campus. To reach the visitor center, follow signs to the end of the road (you can't go any further or you will hit the water) and turn left. Parking is in front of the Solomons House; handicap parking is in the back.
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Physical Address: Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (UMCES)
1 Williams Street
Solomons, MD 20688
Mailing Address: Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (UMCES)
PO Box 380
Solomons, MD 20688
Visitor Phone: (410) 326-7443

At the CBL Visitor Center, guests are welcomed by friendly and knowledgeable docents. A video briefly recounts the history of CBL's founding, introduces exhibits in the Center, and reviews basic principles of Chesapeake Bay ecology. Other displays depict: an oyster reef community in a large aquarium, SCUBACam (live video transmitted from an underwater camera from under our research pier to a monitor inside the center), BAYPULSE (llustrating new remote sensing and electronic technologies upon which today's scientists depend); internet access to weather and water information gathered and archived via the Bay-wide CBOS Network; traditional and historical research equipment; and oyster and seagrass restoration and its importance to the Bay's well being.

Laboratory Tours are offered on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 2:00 PM. Space is limited, and reservations are recommended by registering in person at the Visitor Center, or by contacting Kim Philips at 410-326-7491. The Maryland Sea Grant Extension Office, based at CBL, conducts seminars, conferences, workshops, and demonstrations and produces educational materials.

Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: The CBL Visitor Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, from mid-April through mid-December. Laboratory tours are offered on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 2:00 PM. No reservations are required. For additional info contact Jackie Takacs at 410-326-7356
Fees: Visitor Center is free.
Visitor Facilities: The primary visitor contact is at the Visitor Center. Stop in or call 410-326-7443 or 41-326-7491. The public is also invited to attend organized tours of the laboratory, as well as seminars, conferences and workshops offered by CBL faculty and staff. The campus includes 18 principal buildings.
Accessibility: The Visitors Center is ADA compliant.

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