Masonville Cove

Masonville Cove will be closed on Saturday, May 27th through Monday, May 29th

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?

Sediment to Solutions Channeling Innovation Photo Contest!

Do you enjoy photography, scenery around the Harbor and Port of Baltimore, or wildlife? Would you like your photo in the Port of Baltimore Magazine? Then this contest is for you! Please click the How to Enter link and the Photo Release Form link below for more details. Good Luck!!!

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Masonville Cove has free amazing community programs coming up

Come to Our Citizen Science: Scientific Monitoring! Join us on Wednesday, May 17th from 9:30AM 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 call 410-246-0669 x 100 or

Come to OurScience Alive: Slithering Snakes! Join us on Friday, May 19th from 10:00AM to 11:00A.M.

We will be learning about one of our favorite reptiles. Enjoy stories, movement, games, and outside exploration to learn more about snakes. 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 call 410-246-0669 x 102 or In the subject line put "Science Alive." In the email, please put the date and time of the program you wish to attend and the number of children and adults you are registering.

Come to Our Family Outing: Wildflower & Pollinator Hunt! Join us on Saturday, May 20th from 10:00AM to 11:00A.M.

Stop by Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus to celebrate spring time by going on a wildflower & pollinator hunt. Campus staff will provided a scavenger hunt that directs you around the campus looking for these signs of spring. Dress for the weather; this is an outdoor activity that will take roughly 45 minutes. There will also be a make-and-take activity in the Great Room. This program is for students age 6+ 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. For more information or to register call 410-246-0669 x 102 or

Come to Our Guided Nature Walk! Join us on Friday, May 26th from 10:00A.M. to 11:00A.M.

Join a MD Master Naturalist on a walk! We have binoculars and field guides to loan you. Please dress for local weather conditions including sturdy footwear. Bring a refillable water bottle.For more information contact Patty at 410-246-0669 x 100 or

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: