The Chesapeake Ecology Center (CEC) promotes community greening/sustainable living practices through a variety of educational initiatives and through various media. We take action via conservation landscaping/habitat restoration projects at many locations in the region and at the CEC.
Examples of some of our conservation landscaping initiatives—including 24 Native Plant Demonstration Gardens and Groves—can be see on the campus of Mary Moss @ Adams Academy, 245 Clay Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. Since the CEC Gardens and Groves are located at a middle school, visiting hours during the school year are after 5 p.m., and anytime on the weekends and during the summer. Directions
Self Guided Garden Tours…Mindfulness Walks
Weekends at the CEC
Weekends are a great time to enjoy a self-guided Garden Tour of the 24 Native Plant Demonstration Gardens and Groves. Reconnect with nature and yourself on a Mindfulness Walk through the grounds—the perfect antidote to our tech-filled lives. Being in nature encourages mindfulness and brings us into the present more easily than other activities. It helps us quiet the constant chatter and distraction of our stress-filled, over-scheduled lives.
“Come forth into the light of things. Let nature be your teacher.” –William Wordsworth
Notice to all visitors: Please help us keep the school grounds clean by picking up trash as you tour the gardens. Visitors should also note that dog walking is prohibited on school grounds.
RainScaping Park and RainScaping Education Stations
Completed in the fall of 2015, the latest of numerous Highland Beach environmental projects is the installation of the Highland Beach RainScaping Park. (Project design and installation management provided by the CEC.)
And check out the RainScaping Education Station at Quiet Waters Park. (Project design and installation management provided by the CEC.) Since the installation in 2011, environmental groups have followed our lead by using the RainScaping Education Station plans and signage for their projects to help educate homeowners and communities about “Beautiful Solutions to Water Pollution!“
Highlights of Habitat Restoration Projects,
Garden Tours, and Special Events
* To see highlights from our first decade, 2002-2012, click here.
* Click here to take an early spring virtual tour and view the 5-minute video RainScaping at the Chesapeake Ecology Center, produced by Maryland Public Television.
* The CEC and Master Gardeners have been inducted into the 2014 Volunteer Project Hall of Fame, for the Master Gardener Shade Garden Installation! Learn how Master Gardeners Make a Huge Impact at the CEC.