The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, supporters, and staff are our top priorities, so we have decided to close all CBF offices and other facilities for the foreseeable future. Public beach access is also closed at our Merrill and Brock Centers. Staff are working remotely. We will continue to assess the COVID-19 situation and update our website regularly regarding future events and building closures. Be assured that all decisions will be based on our confidence in providing a healthy and safe environment for participants, visitors, and staff.
Geographically, economically, and culturally, the Chesapeake Bay is the center of Maryland life. But pollution from the state's cities, sprawling suburbs, and poultry and dairy farms has severely degraded the Bay.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation opened its first office in Annapolis, Maryland's state capital, in 1967. From Annapolis, at our Philip Merrill Environmental Center—the World's First LEED Platinum Building—we advocate for strong legislation to protect water quality, educate thousands of students and teachers a year about Bay issues, restore oyster reefs and stream buffers, and lobby for resources to help farmers and communities limit polluted run-off and reach water quality standards.
A look at the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session.
Facilities in Maryland
CBF's Clagett Farm embraces farming methods that are truly sustainable both economically and environmentally. The farm raises crops and beef cattle and supports a Community Supported Agriculture...Read More
In support of re-establishing this keystone species, CBF established its Maryland Oyster Restoration Center (ORC) in 2002. The ORC serves as the central location for all of CBF’s oyster restoration...Read More
The Philip Merrill Environmental Center houses the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) headquarters, Maryland state office, and an education program. It is also a highly popular event venue. In design,...Read More
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Arthur Sherwood Environmental Education Center let's students explore the waters of Meredith Creek in Annapolis, Maryland.Read More
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Karen Noonan Memorial Environmental Education Center, near Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, gives students the opportunity to explore pine forests, underwater grass beds,...Read More