Oyster Biologist for a Day Program

Help the Bay the oyster way and become a scientist for a day!



Spend the day at Horn Point Laboratory’s Oyster Hatchery! Tour the facility and learn how baby oysters are raised, join the hatchery team and help with daily tasks, and participate in a hands-on research experience. Registration is due 14 days prior to your selected program date. Due to the hands-on nature of this program, we limit each session to 8 participants. Please call 410-221-8370 or e-mail jbaynard@umces.edu for availability of specific dates listed. The program is filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Tentative 2014 Dates:

Ages 9-12: July 9             Ages 13-17: August 13

Time: 8:30am – 3:45pm

Fees: $40

Dress code: Wear shoes (no flip flops) and clothes that can get wet and dirty.

Food: Participants should pack lunch, a water bottle, and 2 snacks. A cooler is available.

Program Policies

Program Participant Form: You will receive a participant information packet once your space is confirmed in the program. Please take the time to fill this out completely and mail back to us at your earliest convenience — this sheet is extremely important. It contains information pertaining to allergies, special situations, and emergency contact information, among other things. If we have not received the completed forms by June 1st, your child’s space cannot be guaranteed.

Cancellation policy: NO refunds are given for cancellations made less than 14 days prior to the day you selected. The Horn Point Oyster Hatchery reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event that a program is cancelled, all program fees will be refunded.

2014 Oyster Biologist Program Flyer


Participants in last year’s program collect oysters at our pier.