University of Maryland Center for Environmental ScienceHorn Point Oyster Hatchery
Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery is not offering any tours at this time. The lab will be closed to the general public through the end of 2020. Please check back in early 2021 to see if the situation has changed. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for understanding.


We offer weekday tours of the oyster hatchery during the spawning season, which runs from March through September. Tour groups during the season may have the opportunity to see oysters spawn, baby oyster larvae, and see a working production facility giving the best experience possible. Tours are open to kids of all ages- from preschool on up and usually last 30-60 minutes. If you are interested in a hatchery tour, please contact Stephanie Alexander at or at 410-221-8310.

During a hatchery tour students learn about the importance of oyster reefs as habitat