Join Maryland Master Naturalist, Bryan Gomes for an informative and hands on presentation on the importance of our Chesapeake Bay native oyster, Crassostrea Virginica, related to the health of our local waterways. Guests will learn the history and culture of our Eastern Oyster, its dramatic decline and contributing factors, as well as the biology and life cycle of this keystone species. The program will cover the restoration work some local environmental organizations are doing as well as the boom in oyster aquaculture and how these practices are leading to improved water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. There are many oyster artifacts and related props that the guests will be able to see and hold to further their appreciation for this topic. The presentation will end with an oyster shucking demonstration and then an oyster feast for all! Guest will leave this program with a whole new view on this mighty mollusk – and the opportunity to sample some fresh Bay bivalves. Aprons, gloves and shucking tools provided.
This is a donation-based program, with every $5 donation guests will get a raffle ticket qualifying you for an “Oyster Bag”, which includes a copy of “Voices of the Chesapeake” book, Oyster Shucking Apron, “Shuck Responsibly” original art by Ramon Mathieu, and a Mermaid reusable tote/grocery/beach bag.
Those donating will also enjoy a complementary Oyster Stout beer (Thank you Flying Dog!) to enjoy during the Shucking Tutorial.