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?

Tue, Nov. 11th : 1:30pm-3:00pm

Garden Cleanup

Help Masonville Cove staff put out native plant gardens in order before winter. Be sure to dress in clothing comfortable for the weather. We have garden tools and garden gloves available for you to use. (snack and craft not included, registration not required)

Tue, Nov. 11th : 3:00pm-4:00pm

Guided Nature Walks

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

For more information, please call us at (410) 246-0669.


On Saturday, October 19th, Masonville Cove held its first open house! We had a great turnout and got to meet many of the wonderful residents of the South Baltimore community. Thank you to everyone who came out to see what Masonville Cove is all about! Please click HERE to see photos from the event!


Masonville Cove has received some very exciting news! We have been designated as an Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership! For more information on what this means to us, please click on the following links:

Check out some photos from the designation ceremony!

Masonville Cove Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership

Urban Wildlife Refuge Initiative


News Release


Come on over! To register in advance or get more information on any upcoming events, please call the MCEEC or email: events@masonvillecove.org