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.

Masonville Cove's Osprey Camera

Thanks to our partners at U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Masonville Cove has a live feed on our resident Osprey.

For more information about U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, please go here.

What's Going on at Masonville Cove?

Masonville Cove has free amazing community programs coming up!

Guided Nature Walk: Thurs., Aug 6, 2015 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Join a Maryland Master Naturalist or an Environmental Educator for an exploration of the conservation area of Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus. Come see the many native plants are in full bloom! Be sure to dress for the weather. If you have binoculars, bring them. Otherwise we can loan you a pair. (Registration NOT required.)

Guided Nature Walk: Sat., Aug 15, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Join a Maryland Master Naturalist or an Environmental Educator for an exploration of the conservation area of Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus. Along the shoreline, one can find many different creatures hiding in the tall dense grasses! Join us on our walk to play an eye spy game and learn all about these fascinating creatures. Be sure to dress for the weather. If you have binoculars, bring them. Otherwise we can loan you a pair. (Registration NOT required.)

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 friends@masonvillecove.org 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.

Masonville Cove: BioBlizt!

Saturday, September 12, 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Do you want to be a wildlife biologist for a day? Come join the National Aquarium Conservation Team to conduct a Bioblitz! A BioBlitz is all-day event where wildlife experts and community volunteers work together to find, identify and record as much wildlife as possible. At the Masonville Cove BioBlitz, we will learn about the plants and animals living in an urban wetland. We will be using iNaturalist, a community-based program, to help record as we explore biodiversity in our local environment and learn about actions we can take to protect wildlife through hands-on activities.

Pre-registration is required for all conservation events. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. All volunteers under 18 years old will need to be supervised by an adult. To register or to learn more information please click here. Or check out the National Aquarium Conservation Team's page by clicking here.

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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!

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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