Welcome to Masonville Cove: An Urban Wilderness Conservation Area
What began as the restoration of an abandoned and neglected parcel of land in the Middle Branch has become something very special. Masonville Cove is 70 acres of water and 54 acres of cleaned-up wetlands, nature trails, and a protected bird sanctuary, all soon-to-be protected by a conservation easement and part of the Shores of Baltimore Land Trust. The Masonville project developed from mitigation tied to the creation of a Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF) by the Maryland Port Administration (MPA). This created an opportunity for the local residents and schoolchildren (from Brooklyn, Curtis Bay, and Cherry Hill) to connect with their natural environment and participate in meaningful stewardship projects related to the Masonville DMCF.
MPA is working with the Brooklyn and Curtis Bay Coalition (Baybrook), the Living Classrooms Foundation, and the National Aquarium in Baltimore to create the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center. This center will be a model for community involvement and environmental awareness from its inception to its opening as a landmark urban environmental education center. The sustainable growth of this campus and its wetlands will remind the community that they are a part of something positive for generations to come.
You can find out more about our building by reading through our Masonville Cove fact sheet: Download