Who We Are & What We Do

The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Maryland protects 6,000 acres of natural lands and waters in Maryland. The protected Reserve sites serve as living laboratories for research and living classrooms for education and coastal training. CBNERR-MD’s mission is to “improve coastal resource management by increasing scientific understanding of estuarine systems and making estuarine research relevant, meaningful, and accessible to managers and stakeholders.” We accomplish this through Research, Education, Coastal Training, and Stewardship Programs.

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The CBNERR Education Program motivates students, teachers, and the general ​ public to protect and restore the Bay.

Links to Stewardship Program

CBNERR-MD’s Stewardship Program works to protect, manage, and restore the Reserve components.

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CBNERR-MD’s Coastal Training Program provides decision-makers with the know-how and tools they need to make wise decisions based on sound science.

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CBNERR-MD’s long-term Research Program addresses key Chesapeake Bay issues, such as climate change and urban/ suburban development impacts on our Bay.

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Contact Us

CBNERR-MD has three components through out the state of Maryland. Our administrative offices are at the MD Department of Natural Resources in Annapolis.

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Research, education, training, and other publications are available.

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Our Partners

The Reserve is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves and is a federal-state-regional partnership. ​