Featured Environmental Studies/Nature Centers

Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center

The Outdoor Education programs at Arlington Echo use environmental and outdoor learning to enhance, extend and enrich classroom curriculum. 975 Indian Landing Road, Millersville, Maryland 21108. Tel: 410-222-3822. Cost: Fee.... More Info

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Assateague Island National Seashore

At Assateague Island students can explore sandy beaches, salt marshes, maritime forests and coastal bays. The park features beautiful wild horses, biking, camping, horseback riding, shell collecting, shellfishing, swimming, and more. 11800 Marsh View Lane, Berlin, MD 21811. Tel: 410-641-1441. Cost: Free.

Audubon Naturalist Society

8940 Jones Mill Rd. Chevy Chase, MD. 301-652-9188. Forty-acre nature preserve and headquarters of organization founded in 1897. Fee/Free.

Battle Creek Cypress Swamp

2880 Grays Road. Prince Frederick, MD. 410-535-5327. One of the northernmost stands of bald cypress trees in North America. Enables visitors to experience the majestic quality of the cypress trees and the tranquility of the swamp. Free.

Beltsville Agricultural Research Center

302 Powder Mill Road # Barc-E. Beltsville, MD. 301-504-9403. Beltsville's record of accomplishments and ongoing programs has made it a world leader in agriculture research. Contact for tour information.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF)

Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) fights for effective, science-based solutions to the pollution degrading the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and streams. CBF offers many one-day and residential opportunities for students in MD, VA, DC, and PA to get outside and learn about the wonders of the Bay region. Address: 6 Herndon Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403. Tel: 800-445-5572. Cost: Fee.

Chesapeake Biological Lab Visitor Center

Charles Street. Solomons, MD. 410-326-7443. The oldest state-supported marine laboratory on the East Coast. Call for more information.

Chesapeake Farms

7319 Remington Drive. Chestertown, MD. 410-778-8400. Day Trips, Self-guided Tours, Self-guided Activities, Guided Activities. 3,300 acres devoted to the development, evaluation, and demonstration of advanced agricultural practices and wildlife management techniques.COST: Free. REGION: Kent County.

Cranesville Subartic Swamp

Cranesville Rd and Lake Ford Road. Oakland, MD. 301-387-4386. This small piece of forest and bog remained after the Ice Age and is home to unique species of plants and animals. Free.

Deep Creek Discovery Center

At the Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center students can put their hands in a black bear paw print, touch fossils from times long gone, and sneak a peek under a microscope to learn about Deep Creek Lake's under-water ecology, and much more. Address: 898 State Park Road, Swanton, MD 21561. Tel: 301-387-7067. Cost: Free.

Discovery Village

4800 Atwell Road. Shady Side, MD. 410-867-2100. An educational facility showcasing the beauty, majesty and eco-system of the Chesapeake Bay. Call for more information.

Flag Ponds Nature Park

Millions of years ago, sharks, whales, crocodiles and other creatures inhabited the waters and shores near Flag Ponds Nature Park. To the sharp-eyed visitor, sharks teeth and other Miocene fossils may be found along the park's shoreline. Address: 1525 Flag Ponds Parkway, Lusby, MD 20657. Tel: 410-586-1477. Cost: Fee.

Hard Bargain Farm Environmental Center

The Alice Ferguson Foundation promotes the sustainability of the Potomac River watershed, and provides many different options for groups to visit and learn. See the Potomac up close! 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, MD 20607. Tel: 301-292-5665. Cost: Fee.

Howard County Conservancy

Engage, explore, and explain observations as groups meet the resident barn owl and learn about their survival from egg to adult. 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock, MD 21163. Howard County. Tel: 410-465-8877. Fee.

Irvine Nature Center

Founded in 1975, Irvine Nature Center has earned a reputation for providing quality environmental education for students and scouts of all ages. 11201 Garrison Forest Road, Owing Mills, MD 21117. Baltimore County. Tel: 443-738-9200. Fee.

Jug Bay Wetlands Nature Center

The sanctuary offers custom-designed field experiences, introducing groups to many facets of ecology and scientific research. 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711. Tel: 410-741-9330. Cost: Fee.

Marshy Point Center

Situated on the Upper Chesapeake Bay along Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks, Marshy Point offers stands of old and young forest, open meadows, freshwater wetlands, and a web of tidal creeks and marshes for visitors to enjoy and explore. 7130 Marshy Point Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21220. Tel: 410-887-2817. Cost: Fee.