University of Maryland Center for Environmental ScienceHorn Point Oyster Hatchery

About us

As one of the largest oyster hatcheries on the East Coast, the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery produces a variety of oyster larvae for use in oyster research, oyster restoration, and educational projects.

Oyster Importance

Oysters are an important component of the living ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. They are important on both an ecological and an economical level.


We offer tours to groups of all ages. If you are interested in a hatchery tour, please contact Stephanie Alexander at or at 410-221-8310.