Welcome to Masonville Cove:

An Urban Wilderness Conservation Area

Interested in the Urban Conservation Internship? Applications are due by Friday February 27th! For more information please scroll to the bottom.

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!

Guided Nature Walks:

Wednesday February 11, 2015 from 2:30 PM to 3:30PM
Thursday February 26, 2015 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Join a Maryland Master Naturalist or an Environmental Educator for an exploration of the conservation area of Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus. Be sure to dress for the weather. If you have binoculars, bring them. Otherwise we can loan you a pair. (Snack and Craft not included, registration not required.

Breakfast with the Birds: Waterfowl Edition

Due to the Cove being frozen over, the program has been rescheduled for March 28th, 7:45-10:00 AM

It may be cold to us, but the waterfowl sure don't mind. Join local experts and bird enthusiasts to learn more about these spectacular winter residents. Make sure to come bundled up, with your favorite field guides and binoculars! Don't have any? That's okay! We have extra guides and binoculars at the nature center that we are more than happy to loan to you! A light breakfast will be served. This program is geared for participants 15 and older. Please call 410-246-0669 ext. 100, or email events@masonville.org


Urban Conservation and Education Internship

The Urban Conservation and Education Internship is an eight week program in partnership with the Maryland Port Administration, Living Classrooms Foundation, the National Aquarium and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide local college students with a combination of knowledge and experiences that they can use to become stewards of the environment.

Over the course of the program interns will have the opportunity to meet and work closely with staff members from Living Classrooms Foundation, the National Aquarium and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. They’ll learn about each of these organizations, specifically the role each one plays in conservation efforts throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed and how these organizations work together to promote conservation within the city of Baltimore. In order to illustrate this, each organization has planned a series of activities, trips and/or programs for the interns. For example, interns will travel to New York with the National Aquarium Conservation team to work with high school and elementary school students to restore wetland habitat, work with Living Classrooms Foundation to provide educational programs to local students and participate in osprey banding at Poplar Island and fish species monitoring/sampling along the Patapsco River with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This is just a small sample of the activities, trips and programs planned as part of this internship program.

In addition to connecting local students to the environment, this program will also provide interns with the opportunity for professional development. Interns will obtain both general career advice as well as advice specific to careers in environmental science. Through various projects and activities, interns will also have the opportunity to strengthen professional development skills such as writing and public speaking.

Over the course of the program, the interns will utilize this combination of new environmental knowledge and professional skills to make a difference the local community and engage local students and community members in conservation efforts.

Please CLICK HERE to download the Internship Application



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: events@masonvillecove.org