Masonville Cove

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.

What's Going on at Masonville Cove?

Masonville Cove has free amazing community programs coming up

Come to Our Citizen Science: Scientific Monitoring!

Wednesday February 22, 2017 from 9:30A.M. to 12:00P.M. Join MCEEC staff and volunteers in a citizen science project that makes observations of wildlife, fish, and water quality in the conservation area. Please come prepared for the weather conditions. Watch the website for any weather related postponements. Please dress appropriately for outdoor work: closed toe shoes, sun and insect protection. Bring a refillable water bottle. For more information or questions, please email or call 410-246-0669 x100.

Come to Our Winter Botany Program # 2! Join us on Saturday, February 25th from 10:00A.M. to 11:30A.M.

Come to Masonville Cove to learn about plants during their winter rest (dormant period). This is the second outing ~ an opportunity to observe how the buds may have changed. We will take a walk and learn to identify plants by their bark and bud characters. Please dress for local weather conditions. Bring a refillable water bottle. It's still winter, so check the website for any weather-related changes in programming. For more information contact Patty at 410-246-0669 x 100 or email

Come to Our Science Alive Program: Winter Waterfowl! Join us on Saturday, March 4th from 9:30AM to 10:30A.M. or 11:00A.M. to 12:00P.M.

We will be learning about special birds that only visit Masonville Cove in the winter. Enjoy stories, movement, experiments, and outside exploration while learning about what makes these birds favorite season winter. Dress for the weather; most of our activities are best done outside. This program is for pre-school students and their special adult(s). Feel free to bring a snack to enjoy after the program out in our picnic area. While the program is FREE, we appreciate donations of $1-$5 per student to support program materials. To register either email or call 410-246-0669 x102. In the subject line put "Science Alive." In the email put the date and time of the program you wish to attend and the number of children and adults you are registering.

Masonville Cove Stewards Opportunities

Are you a community member looking for unique volunteer opportunities or a student seeking service learn hours? Come join the Masonville Cove Stewards and help do good deeds, improve the habitat in this urban wildlife refuge, participate in citizen science projects and socialize a bit. Students can even earn service credits!

Please call 410-246-0669 x100 and talk with Patty or email for more information. Each event has a different theme. For more information on the themes, click here. The Stewardship opportunities start at 8:15 AM and we will work until 12:15 PM.

Parents or guardians must accompany students 16 years and under-- think family fun. Anyone under 18 years of age must have a responsible adult sign their waiver. Please bring a refillable water bottle. Please arrive dressed for the weather and wear closed toe shoes. If you have work gloves please bring them. Otherwise, we have work gloves and assorted boots for your use.

DID YOU KNOW?? Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center is a Certified MAEOE Green Center!

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) certified Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center as a Green Center in Baltimore City. Green Center status is awarded to facilities based on their efforts in implementation of environmental education, best management practices, and community engagement. They also offer support to schools working towards being awarded Maryland Green School Status. To learn more about the Green Center and Green School Program, and to see if you could become one too, visit the MAEOE Green Schools and Centers site.


Do you have a young nature lover in your family? Check our our side panel for programming for ages Pre-K to 13 years old!


To register in advance or get more information on any upcoming events, please call the MCEEC at (410)246-0669 ext. 100 or email: