Oyster Restoration Event Registration

Click to registerAll oyster reef ball restoration events take place at CBF's Oyster Restoration Center, 4800 Atwell Road, in Shady Side, Maryland. Advanced registration required (see below).

What are reef balls?

Oyster reef ballsPhoto by CBF Staff

These concrete spheres with holes provide valuable marine habitat for critters—mostly oysters! 

Reef ball construction events consist of two stages:

  1. Reef Ball Building—we first build approximately 30 reef balls using fiberglass molds and concrete.
  2. Reef Ball Breakdown—after the molds and concrete have cured, we "hatch" open those reef ball molds and organize materials for the next event.


Help restore the Chesapeake's native oyster population by constructing concrete reef balls that will serve as habitat for oysters, fish, blue crabs, and other critters.

These reef ball construction events consist of two stages:

  1. building approximately 30 reef balls using fiberglass molds and concrete; and
  2. the breakdown or "hatching" open of those reef ball molds and organizing materials for the next event.

Dress appropriately—gloves, boots, and clothes that can get wet and dirty—as this is an outdoor event.

Older children and teenagers welcome with adult supervision.

A tour of the Oyster Restoration Center will be provided by a CBF staff member afterwards. 

This event will happen rain or shine, but extreme weather conditions may cause the event to be canceled or rescheduled.  You will be contacted via e-mail and/or phone in the event of a cancellation.

Please contact Meghan Hoffman at mhoffman@cbf.org or 410-268-8816 with questions.



Please register below if you plan to join us so that we may accurately plan for these events.

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9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Friday, April 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM


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