Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center
The Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center (MCEEC) opened in April 2009, offering environmental programs for the community and school groups, while serving as a place to hold community meetings. In October 2012 the Campus opened as a gateway to the Cove by providing public access to the shoreline and trails.
Programming at Masonville
Environmental Programs are available to the community on weekends. These include bird watching, nature walks, and workshops on composting. Partners such as the National Aquarium in Baltimore and Living Classrooms Foundation are leading programs with our local schools on growing wetland grasses and reducing runoff pollution in the local communities. Masonville’s environmental programs take place onsite and throughout the community. By helping the local community become greener, we are reducing the amount of trash and other runoff pollution that ends up in Masonville Cove and the Chesapeake Bay! Our goal is to provide many different fun ways for families to learn more about our urban ecology and spend time together in nature. The Volunteer Coordinator is always looking for volunteers and groups to assist with fun activities for the public!
School-based education/outreach programs
- • developed and implemented by Living Classrooms Foundation in connection with the MCEEC and the enhancements to Masonville Cove arising from the construction of the Masonville DMCF.
- • based on Living Classrooms' successful Meaningful Watershed and Environmental Education program
- • provide richly structured, project-based learning experiences, including action steps such as rainbarrels, stormdrain stenciling, growing and planting wetland grasses with the National Aquarium in Baltimore
- • support academic achievement and empower Baltimore's youth to make positive changes in their environment
- • serve special-needs populations with dynamic, hands-on programs geared for their needs
- • emphasizes both the Cove's natural attractions and the challenges of the urban landscape
In Fall 2012, Masonville Cove Campus opened as the first public waterfront access for residents of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay in generations! Older residents remember learning to swim at Masonville Cove in the early 20th century. The current water quality prevents us from swimming anywhere near the Middle Branch River and Inner Harbor today. But Masonville Cove has a public pier for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing so that we can teach our kids to connect with the water in a fun and safe way. Trails throughout the Campus are open for hiking and most are wheelchair accessible. The Bird Sanctuary on the property will be protected from human disturbance, but will provide amazing habitat for a large number of bird species. This habitat creates abundant bird-watching opportunities throughout the Campus.
Masonville Cove Enhancements
- • public access to the water
- • clean up of the Masonville Cove property
- • construction of a restricted nature area
- • urban migratory bird sanctuary
- • hiking trails
- • kayak/canoe pier
- • kayak rack
- • children's nature exploration area
- • native gardens
- • tidal and non-tidal wetlands creation and enhancement
- • shallow water habitat improvement using reef balls
Friends of Masonville Cove
Friends of Masonville Cove is underway! This volunteer group will help with gardens and clean up activities, monitoring of water quality and development of the shoreline, and interpretive displays at the building and in the wilderness conservation area.
We need your help! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!