Coming in Autumn 2015...
Our Mission Statement
Inspire and educate residents of, and visitors to, the Lower Susquehanna River and Upper Chesapeake Bay region to appreciate, understand, and protect their natural environment through outdoor, onsite, and online experience, education, exhibits, and support of scientific research.
The Environmental Center (EC) at the Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, is uniquely situated for the study and preservation of our local natural history and ecology. Our goals and strategies will target, and make programs available to, a diverse audience (e.g., age, gender, ethnic background, socio-economic status, and religious affiliation). We plan to:
- Conduct student labs, public lectures, classes, and workshops to educate the regional community about environmental estuarine, wetland, and upland watershed science and environmental stewardship.
- Equip the 1800 square foot EC as a classroom, exhibit space, and laboratory.
- Develop outdoor demonstration, monitoring, and sampling stations in the shoreline, wetland, and upland areas on the grounds of the Museum and EC.
- Remove invasive vegetation, and plant or restore native plants on shoreline, wetland, and upland areas on site, developing these areas as an outdoor living classroom and demonstration project.
- Install informative and engaging exhibits and signage in the EC gallery space, the classroom, the laboratory, the Maritime Museum’s main floor galleries, on the museum grounds, and along the Havre de Grace City Promenade boardwalk (above our wetland restoration project).
Wetland Restoration Project
Our management plan for the critical area buffer zone directly outside the Environmental Center:
We hope to eradicate invasive plants in the wetlands, replacing them with native plants.
Our Generous Donors
This wetland restoration project is being supported by a grant from The Chesapeake Bay Trust. This grant provides funding for invasive plant removal, native plants, water quality monitoring kits, and educational materials that will be used in our programs with local schools and the public.
We would also like to thank Octoraro Native Plant Nursery of Kirkwood, PA for the very generous donation of several native wetland trees and shrubs for this restoration project.
Other donors who have contributed towards Environmental Center programs include BGE, the JM Huber Corporation, the Crystal Trust Foundation, Stack & Store, Vulcan Materials, Toni and Darrell Bench, Kuzma Technologies, John and Laura Haug, Bruce Russell, the City of Havre de Grace, and Harford County.
In the News
Chesapeake Bay Magazine recently ran an article all about the Environmental Center in their August issue - read it here!
New Interactive Exhibit
We're in the process of developing an interactive wetlands exhibit, which will be inside the museum's main gallery. The touchscreen exhibit will explore marine life, such as bay oysters and grasses found in the Chesapeake.
Many more programs are coming later in the year, as we anticipate the grand opening of the Environmental Center.
River Sweep 2015
A big thank you to those from Vulcan who participated, along with volunteers from the museum, in River Sweep 2015 to beautify the wetlands around the promenade and museum.