Situated on the Upper Chesapeake Bay along Dundee and Saltpeter Creeks, Marshy Point offers stands of old and young forest, open meadows, freshwater wetlands, and a web of tidal creeks and marshes for visitors to enjoy and explore. In combination with adjacent state and federal land, Marshy Point is part of a natural preserve encompassing more than 3,000 acres.
Today, Marshy Point Park features over three miles of hiking trails, two self-guided nature trails, a canoe launch and pier, a wildlife observation platform, and a butterfly garden.
The Nature Center is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day (except holidays), and the park is open from 9am to sunset every day. There are a variety of exhibits and activities to check out around the Nature Center, and staff members are happy to answer questions and show wildlife.
Marshy Point Nature Center is home to more than 50 different species of native wildlife. Most of these animals have been donated or are in captivity because they would not survive in the wild. Our collection includes mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. Visitor favorites include diamondback terrapins, several species of snakes, an opossum, and our barred owl. The best way to learn more about our local wildlife is to stop by the Center, ask a naturalist, and have an up-close encounter with one of our animal residents.
Get up close and personal with some of the creatures that inhabit the Chesapeake Bay by seeing what animals are at home in the touch tank.
Get a bug’s eye view by exploring the adaptations of insects and watching the busy bees of our observation hive at work.
Taxidermy specimens of animals that are rarely seen in the wild can be looked at up close throughout the Nature Center.
Visitors can learn how animals are built by matching them with their bones.
Read or research in our large collection of environmental and natural history books.
Kids can hunker down in this duck blind-shaped structure to enjoy games, activities, and nature storybooks.
Reefs of the Chesapeake
Showcases the oyster reef ecology of the Chesapeake Bay—from abundance during the early days of English colonization, to depletion and restoration at present, to a hopeful future.