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Chesapeake Bay Ecology

  • Battle Creek Cypress Swamp 2880 Grays Road Prince Frederick, MD, 20678 United States (map)

Solomons Island, photo courtesy of Solomons Business Association

Saturday, August 17, 9:30 AM – Sunday, August 18, 11:00 AM

Description: The Chesapeake Bay provides the ecological, cultural and historic foundation of our region. To understand the bay, its seasonal narration, complex history and stewardship needs each of us should be grounded in this place. For over 150 years, our stewardship of the bay region has been disrespectful to the complex natural systems. Water quality, indigenous species, and even people living around the bay have suffered from the impacts of mistreatment. With increased public awareness, public policy has slowly changed, and some progress has been made. Join Dr. Tom Wood on this experiential learning weekend to explore this national treasure.

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Leader: Dr. Wood is an Associate Professor of Integrative and Interdisciplinary Studies in the School of Integrative Studies at George Mason University. He conducted his doctoral research at the Smithsonian and helped create the Smithsonian-Mason Semester and directed the development of Mason's joint program with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. 

Location: In this outing, we will explore Calvert County, MD.  We’ll meet at 9:30 AM at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, where we’ll explore one of the northernmost naturally-occurring bald cypress stands in North America. Then we'll head to Solomon's Island for a guided tour of the Calvert Marine Museum and private charter on the Dee of St. Mary's, one of the few remaining skipjacks on the Chesapeake Bay.  We finish our visit with an early Sunday morning visit to Calvert Cliffs State Park (state park fee $7/car), the site of astonishing quantities of prehistoric marine fossils. Although Calvert County is close by, it still seems remote and is a treasure to visit.

Fee: $95 members, $115 non-members, includes guided tour of Battle Creek Cypress Swamp, lunch on Saturday, admission and special presentation at the Calvert Marine Museum, and a two-hour private charter on the Dee of St. Mary’s

Group Limit: 15 participants. 

Hotel Reservations: A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Solomon’s Conference Center and Marina at a rate of $109 (not included with fee.) 

Participants will receive an email providing additional details about the trip and how to make a hotel reservation. For any questions, please email

This class is SOLD OUT! Please click below to be added to the waitlist.

Earlier Event: August 17
Bles Park, Sterling, VA
Later Event: August 23
Metz Butterfly and Dragonfly Survey