Shell Shaking Events

Various Fridays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Maryland Oyster Restoration Center   (Map)
4800 Atwell Road
Shady Side, Maryland 20764

Courtesy "Volunteers Shake, Rattle & Roll Oyster Shells," Chesapeake Bay Magazine

"Shell shaking" involves cleaning oyster shells by shaking off the dirt and debris so baby oysters can successfully grow on them. This is critical in our oyster restoration efforts, as without cleaning the oyster shells, we could potentially lose millions of healthy larvae as they attach to debris, rather than the shell, and are later washed out into the silt.

This event is a bit of a workout, but a fun hands-on experience. (See the video above, courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Magazine.) With lifting involved, it is not recommended for individuals with a bad back or other health concerns. Water will be provided, but please wear close-toe shoes and bring a water bottle for refills.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

All events take place on Fridays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at CBF's Maryland Oyster Restoration Center, 4800 Atwell Road, Shady Side, Maryland 20764.

Registration is required. Please click on a date below to R.S.V.P.

Due to oyster spat shortages this season, some of these events may be canceled at the last minute. Please watch your email for updates or reach contact Patrick Beall at 410-507-1741 or to confirm before attending.

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