Shell Shaking Events

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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 below, 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-toed shoes and bring a water bottle for refills.

Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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

June 29

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July 20

July 27 Cancelled

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August 31

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