Marshy Point Nature Center, a Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks facility, opened in the Spring of 2000.
The center is located on land acquired by the County in 1982 from the Weiskittel and Zelinski families. The area around Marshy Point has a rich tradition of waterfowl hunting, and President Benjamin Harrison, Babe Ruth, and Annie Oakley all hunted here.
The development of Maryland’s state dog, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, took place at the Marshy Point Ducking Club and winter still brings rafts of ducks, geese, and tundra swans to area creeks. Fishermen have long explored the waters around Marshy Point in search of rockfish, chain pickerel, perch, catfish, and blue crabs.
Marshy Point Nature Center provides a variety of enjoyable and educational programs for visitors of all ages. School and group programs are available during the week, and a quarterly calendar includes nature programming on a variety of topics. In addition, every fifth grade student in the Baltimore County Public Schools system visits Marshy Point as part of their environmental education curriculum.
The Marshy Point Nature Center Council is a volunteer organization that works with the Department of Recreation and Parks to support the work of the Nature Center and the mission of environmental education. The Nature Council hosts monthly audiovisual presentations by natural resource professionals and noted naturalists. Other programs include water-oriented summer camps for a variety of ages, Monday Pre-K drop-ins, bird walks, canoeing, boat trips, and many other seasonal programs. Special events include the Popsicle Plunge and annual Spring and Fall Festivals.