Environmental Center Workshops

The Environmental Center hosts workshops for the community throughout the year. These workshops are focused on educating participants about their local environment and current environmental issues through outdoor, onsite, and hands on experiences. Some workshops of the past include but are not limited to:

  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Microscopic exploration for beginners
  • Seasonal Birding
  • Invasive Species identification and management
  • Native Species identification and management
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Surveying
  • Finding Macroinvertebrates

Thanks to the kind contributions from our sponsors and donors, we have largely been able to offer these workshops free of charge. We hope to increase the frequency and variety of workshops in the near future, and with your help, we can sustain these offerings. We wish to soon be offering some of the following workshops:

  • Local kayaking excursions
  • Youth Fishing  programs
  • Advanced fishing programs
  • Erosion: Using stream tables to explore how we can fight erosion
  • Nature Hikes
  • And much much more.

Environmental Center Projects & Programs

The Environmental Center is currently engaged on several ongoing projects which you can get involved with. We are conducting regular water quality monitoring of the Lower Susquehanna and Upper Bay region. Surveying the Susquehanna Flats for submerged aquatic vegetation. Restoring our shoreline and providing buffers that have been destroyed by erosion and development. Reintroducing native plants throughout our property. Removing invasive plants throughout the Havre de Grace waterfront. If you’d like to help out with the goings on at the Environmental Center, please contact us or fill out the volunteer form.

Environmental Center Gallery

Come to the Maritime Museum and check out the Environmental Center Gallery. The gallery is filled with exhibits showcasing local Upper Bay ecology, current environmental issues, and art created from recycled materials. There is an entrance fee to the Museum of $4 per person or $9 for a family. The Gallery is located on the bottom floor of the Museum, and can be reached by elevator in the lobby of the Museum. We also installed an Osprey cam which is located in the lobby of the Museum.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science is defined as the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.

Anyone can contribute to citizen science. Currently, we are running a submerged aquatic vegetation survey and a water quality monitoring program which rely on citizen science.

If you like getting your hands dirty, or getting out and exploring what nature has to offer, please contact us to get involved.

Riparian Buffer Restoration Project

We were awarded a grant through the Chesapeake Bay Trust from Harford County to conduct a riparian buffer restoration project along a portion of the shoreline behind Havre de Grace's Promenade. We are currently in the planning phase, and expect to begin construction and planting in Fall 2018. We look forward to bettering the areas ability to filter and retain stormwater, in hopes to reduce nutrient loads and sediments in our waters that result from runoff and the depletion of riparian buffers. We will be holding volunteer workdays in the fall, if interested, please contact the Environmental Center about volunteering.  

The Osprey Cam was developed in hopes to give us a birds eye view into the lives of the Fish Hawk, also known as Osprey. Osprey's are migratory raptors, who travel as far south as South America during the winter. This spring we experienced a juvenile couple express interest in our platform. Unfortunately, they did not build their nest here this year, however we expect them to be back and building next year. Our pair still stops by sometimes to casually eating some fresh caught fish, or to enjoy the view from their 55 foot platform. We plan on having the camera live streaming its feed in the near future. The video above is a recording of our pair visiting this fall.

Special thanks to BG&E for the donation and installation of the pole and platform, Tidewater marina for their help installing the camera, our boatshop crew for their help building the camera mount, Jeff Thompson for his IT support, and our generous donors.

Our Nature Trail

We would like to extend our thanks to the volunteers from the Department of Natural Resoucres and Maryland Conservation Corps, who recently cleared a walking path by our wetlands. We appreciate their efforts immensely as we continue with our wetland restoration project.

Programs and projects of the past can be found on the news section of our website.*

Environmental Center Activities