Ask our visitors (young and not-so-young) about their favorite memories of Marshy Point Nature Center, and most will include one of our many onsite animals. How excited do you think they’d be to be able to ‘adopt’ their favorite Marshy Point animal for a year?

Barred owlBy becoming an adoptive parent to one of the animals living at the Nature Center, you can purchase the perfect gift for yourself or someone else while helping Marshy Point maintain and improve its Center and animal habitats.

For $40, you can adopt:

  • Mr. Hootie, our resident barred owl
  • Quackie, our resident mallard duck

Side profile of turkeyFor $25, you can adopt:

  • One of our turkeys
  • One of our snakes (milk snake, corn snake, or black rat snake)
  • One of our diamondback terrapins, Maryland’s state reptile
  • One of our snapping turtles

Each adoptee will receive a personalized Certificate of Adoption, a profile of the animal, as well as a picture of your individual animal. Also, in 2017 we will be hosting an Adopters Event exclusively for individuals and families who have adopted one of our animals.

How to Adopt

Adoptions are on an annual basis, so all adoptions received from now until Autumn 2017 will be for the 2017 calendar year (January to December 2017).

Last holiday season, several of our wonderful members and visitors adopted animals for the year. Many of them were cherished gifts for others. Some were just favorites that they wanted to support. If you would like a 2017 adoption to be a holiday gift, please place your adoption order before December 18th to get your adoption package before the holidays.

Select an adoption amount from the list below. You will be connected to a secure payment screen to confirm the amount. Click ‘Continue’ to proceed and fill out your personal information.

In the “Description” section (near the top of the payment page), please specify:

  • Which animal you want to adopt.
  • How you want the name on the certificate to be spelled (if a different spelling than the contact name).
  • If a gift, please list the giftee’s name (as it should appear on their certificate) and their address. Also state whether you want the adoption package to go directly to them, or to you first.

Thank you!