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.

What's Going on at Masonville Cove?

Masonville Cove has free amazing community programs coming up

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.

National Wildlife Visitor Center: Annual Wildlife Festival!

Saturday, Oct 17, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

"Fly on over" to the Annual Patuxent Wildlife Festival at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. Attractions will include live animals, research displays, behind-the-scenes research tours (Whooping Cranes and more!), conservation tram tours and children's activities. All ages are welcome! Free!

The National Wildlife Visitor Center is located off of Powder Mill Rd. between the Baltimore Washington Parkway & Route 197 south of Laurel. If you have any special needs please advise the National Wildlife Visitor Center at least two weeks in advance by calling 301.497.5763 or TDD 301.497.5779. For more information or directions please click here.


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