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Community Workshops and Events

Explore the Estuary: An Adult Learning Series

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The “Explore the Estuary” education series offers the unique opportunity for adults to continue to broaden their knowledge of the Maryland Coastal Bays watershed. There will be four programs for 2023 that each provide an in-depth look into both the natural world and conservation issues within the Coastal Bays. The programs will be held in May, June, September, and October and will each feature an expert who will contribute professional knowledge on the program focus. Topics for 2023 could include source reduction, nature preserves, horseshoe crab spawning, nature journaling, and living shorelines.

Registration and detailed descriptions for each of these programs will be made available for the month leading up to the events. For more information on these programs, please email Education Coordinator, Liz Wist, at

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Journey Up The Coast

Journey up the Coast: An In-Person Exploration of the Inland and Coastal Bays

Save the Date for Journey Up the Coast 2023! This FREE in-person exploration will be happening on July 6th and 13th from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. Join the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays and MCBP as we explore Delaware’s Inland Bays and Maryland’s Coastal Bays! Youth ages 6-12 will get the chance to learn and explore these unique watersheds through fun, hands-on explorations. They will be able to seine and handle local bay critters, explore a forest ecosystem, practice their investigation skills, and make new friends!

This free program will occur outdoors on two separate days, July 6 at Assateague State Park in Berlin, MD, and July 13 at James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View, DE,. Youth can attend one or both days. Please email any questions to

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Discover Your Watershed

At MCBP, we make it a priority to provide opportunities to community members and visitors of all ages to explore and expand their knowledge of our watershed’s restoration properties. Community exposure broadens public knowledge, and this knowledge helps ensure commitment to the longevity of those projects and support for future projects.

Discover Your Watershed is an education and volunteer series that introduces participants of all ages to public and private restoration sites in the Coastal Bays watershed, while providing restoration and educational hands-on activities such identifying macroinvertebrates, removing invasive species, and planting wetlands. Check out our calendar for this year’s DYW events.

Bay Day

Bay Day is a collaborative environmental festival hosted yearly by MCBP and Ocean Pines. The goal behind this day is to educate residents of the Coastal Bays watershed—specifically the St. Martin River—on actions they can take right in their own backyard to become more bay-friendly. To fulfill the goal, education is prioritized throughout the event! Attendees will experience a wide range of environmental exhibitors, nature-based crafts, live animal exhibits, boat rides, live music, kayak trips, interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and informational tables.

Each year over 35 environmental organizations participate, ranging from our local state parks and nonprofits to outdoor education providers.  Their focuses include forests, farms, oysters, horticulture, birding, and ocean conservation. Please visit our Facebook event page for more details on the event.

Contribute Online

Become a member of the Coastal Bays Foundation and donate online securely through PayPal. Your financial contribution will go toward protecting our watershed, its habitat, and wildlife. The Maryland Coastal Bays Program Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; all donations are tax deductible.