Ocean Pines Bay Day

Sun, May 20, 2018 (rain or shine) 11:30 am– 3:30 pm White Horse Park

Hosted by the Maryland Coastal Bays Program and Ocean Pines, this will be a day of fun, hands-on activities & educational talks about how residents can make a difference in their own backyards. From bay-friendly backyard guidance to educational exhibits, this event will launch a collaborative campaign to encourage residents to accept the challenge of improving the health of the local St. Martin River.

A short river, the St. Martin broadens rapidly to enter Isle of Wight Bay where the bay is crossed by Maryland Route 90. Most of the river is a tidal estuary. Its two main tributaries are the Bishopville Prong and the Shingle Landing Prong.

The St. Martin forms the northern boundary of Ocean Pines, Maryland; Bishopville, Maryland is on the Bishopville Prong of the river.

Event Attractions:

1. Bay Boat Rides: by OC Swim Call (it’s normally stationed out of Ocean City and captained by Danny McDorman)
2. Ayers Creek Adventures: FREE Kayak Rides
3. Student Art Showcase: Local Students Showcase the Beauty of Nature
4. Canvas Bag Giveaway: First 300 people (the bags were hand-painted or screen printed by the students of Worcester County, MD)

Food and Drink Vendors:

Street Kitchen: Food truck serving a variety of Eastern Shore food
Baked Desserts: Sweet and savory treats
Eastern Shore Kettle Korn: Homemade kettle corn on-site
Ocean Pines Kiwanis Club: Hot dogs and drinks

Burley Oak Beer Truck: 5 different beers for adults and Root Beer for the kids

*Compostable containers and cups made available for all food/drink vendors
*Recycling and trash receptacles will be on site at the event

Event Speakers:

Ginny Rosenkraz, Commercial Horticulture, Master Gardener Coordinator

She has been with the University of Maryland Extension since 1994 as the Commercial Horticulture Extension Educator for Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset Counties. Her responsibilities include assisting and educating greenhouse, nursery, landscape contractor, garden center, cut flower and golf course operations on Integrated Pest Management (IPM). With the IPM as a focus, she has organized and conducted many programs in the tri-county area. She has also conducted IPM research on cut flowers with an emphasis on edible flowers. She is the Master Gardener Coordinator for the tri-county area, organizing the yearly Master Gardener Training Program and the monthly tri-county Master Gardener Advanced Training. Ginny received her B.S. Botany from the University of Maryland College Park, and her M.S. degree in Horticulture/ Extension Education from University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Since receiving her graduate degree, she has taught a credited course on ornamental horticulture at UMES during the spring semester. She also teaches a credited course on insects and diseases of ornamental plants with an emphasis on IPM during the fall semester for Wor Wic Community College that is a pre-requisite for the MDA commercial pesticide applicators test.

Bryan Gomes, Education Program Manager at Oyster Recovery Partnership

The Oyster Recovery Partnership is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that designs, promotes and implements consensus-based and scientifically-sustainable shellfish ecological restoration, aquaculture, and commercial fishery activities to improve the environment and expand economic opportunities in the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays and beyond. ORP believes that shellfish are critical to reversing the Chesapeake Bay’s poor water quality and declining habitats. Given oysters’ critical ecologic role and keystone status in the Bay, oyster restoration and aquaculture are two of only a few strategies that provide restorative benefits to the Bay while also providing green jobs. ORP recognizes that ultimately its job is about people – everyone can benefit from a restored oyster population.


Frank Piorko, Executive Director of Maryland Coastal Bays Program

Frank joined the MCBP as Executive Director after spending the past 26 years as a Program Manager and Division Director for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources. As a Natural Resources professional in watershed management, Frank has been involved in Estuary Programs in the mid-Atlantic region and also the Chesapeake Bay in recent years. His professional areas of interest include stormwater management and watershed restoration and financing. Frank is a graduate of the University of Delaware with his BS in Agricultural Sciences and his MS in Public Administration from Wilmington University.



Roman Jesien, Maryland Coastal Bays Program

Roman has been with the Maryland Coastal Bays since 2002 and provides in-house scientific expertise. He currently serves as chairman of the Coastal Advisory Fishery Committee and is a member of the Science and Technical Advisory Committee, the Maryland DNR Working Waterfront Commission, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Panel for Black Sea Bass and on the Science Panel for the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership. Prior to his employment at the Maryland Coastal Bays Program he served on the faculty at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he taught undergraduate classes in the Dual Degree Marine Science Program with Salisbury University and served on the graduate faculty for the University of Maryland. He holds a B.S. degree from Villanova University, M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland.


Dave Brinker, Regional Ecologist for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Dave Brinker has worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources since 1990 where he is currently a Regional Ecologist with the Natural Heritage Program working on biodiversity conservation. Professionally he works on colonial nesting waterbirds, obligate marsh nesting birds, freshwater mussels and odonates.



 Event Flyer
Bay Day Exhibitors

Ocean Pines Association, www.oceanpines.org 
Maryland Coastal Bays Program, www.mdcoastalbays.org
Oceana, www.oceana.org
Lower Shore Land Trust, www.lowershorelandtrust.org
Natural Resources Conservation Society, www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/national/home/
Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, www.dnrec.delaware.gov/Pages/Portal.aspx
Assateague Coastal Trust, www.actforbays.org
Assateague Coastal Trust Coast Kids, www.actforbays.org/coastkids.html 
Ocean City Art League- Gouache Paintings, www.artleagueofoceancity.org
Master Gardeners- Seed Bombs, https://extension.umd.edu/mg
Master Gardeners- Native plants, https://extension.umd.edu/mg
Oyster Recovery Partnership, https://oysterrecovery.org/
Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum- Live animals: Snakes, http://www.delmarvadiscoverycenter.org/
MD Coastal Bays- Fish Print T-shirts, www.mdcoastalbays.org
Salisbury Univ. Environmental Student Association, http://www.salisbury.edu/environmentalstudies/orgs.html
Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, https://www.wardmuseum.org/
Naturally Sunkissed Farms- Live animals: baby goats, local vegetables, https://www.naturallysunkissedfarm.com/
Environmental Concern Inc., http://www.wetland.org/
Ocean City Surf Club, https://ocsurfclub.org/
Assateague State Park- Live animals: Birds of Prey, http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/assateague.aspx
Terrapin Farms- Hydroponic Demonstration, https://terrapinridge.com/
Ocean City Surfrider, https://oceancity.surfrider.org/
Ayers Creek Adventures, http://ayerscreekadventures.com/
Eastern Shore International Mountain Biking Association, http://esimba.org/
Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, http://www.maefonline.com/
Ocean City Lifesaving Station Museum, http://www.ocmuseum.org/
Walk on Water Stand Up Paddleboard Company, http://www.walkonwatersupco.com/
Phillips Wharf Environmental Center- Fishmobile with tanks. Live animals: fish, https://phillipswharf.org/
Pocomoke River State Park- Live animals: Diamondback Terrapins, http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/eastern/pocomokeriver.aspx
Salisbury Zoological Park, http://www.salisburyzoo.org/
Chincoteague Bay Field Station- Live animals: Touch Tanks of bay animals, http://www.cbfieldstation.org/
Furnace Town Living Heritage Museum, http://www.furnacetown.org/
University of Maryland Extension 4-H- STEM Activities, https://extension.umd.edu/tags/stem
National Aquarium- 40 ft. blow-up whale, https://www.aqua.org/

The Ocean Pines Canal Challenge

  • Description:
    • A citizen science water quality testing project during Ocean Pines Bay Day. On May 20th, Ocean Pines residents can bring samples of the water in their canal/backyard and get it tested at the event. All folks need to do is collect an 8 to 16-ounce sample on the morning of May 20th.
    • We will be testing for:
      • Nitrates and Phosphates (nutrients)
      • Dissolved Oxygen
      • Turbidity (clarity)
      • Salinity
      • pH (acidity)
    • Starting May 1st, collection bottles will be available in the Ocean Pines Community Center lobby, along with instructions and a collection rope. However, the water can be collected in any bottle.
  • The Goal:
    • The goal of this project is to create a snapshot of the health of the canals in Ocean Pines, as well as the St. Martin River, on May 20th Community members will be able to see not only the health of their own backyard canal, but also how that compares to the community as a whole and what they can do to improve the health of the canals and the St. Martin River.
  • Sponsors/Organizations
    • The program is created by Maryland Coastal Bays Program for Ocean Pines Bay Day with the help of Ocean Pines and Chesapeake Bay Trust.
  • Why is it important for folks to get involved?
    • This program will help us get a detailed snapshot of the health of the St. Martin River in Ocean Pines. The more people who help us by bringing their water samples, the more accurate the snapshot will be. Additionally, folks who bring samples or visit our booth will be able to get information and assistance on how to help play a role in the health of the water around them.

Bring your water to Ocean Pines Bay Day!

On May 20th, at Ocean Pines Bay Day, the Maryland Coastal Bays Program will have a special exhibit helping local citizens find out the health of the water in their own backyard. We need Ocean Pines residents to bring a bottle filled with water from your canal, park, or backyard to the event and we will help you see how healthy your water is. Using scientific equipment, we will help you test the water for oxygen levels, clarity, saltiness, acidity, and nutrient pollution. However, this cannot happen without the help of Ocean Pines Residents. Starting May 1st, collection bottles will be available in the Ocean Pines Community Center lobby, though any 8 to 16-ounce sample will do. Want more information? Email zgarmoe@mdcoastalbays.org

Ocean Pines Environment & Natural Assets Advisory Committee

The Ocean Pines Environment & Natural Assets Advisory Committee, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, have successfully moved the Saint Martin River and all of our surrounding waterways up to the top of the Association’s priority list. The Committee will be devoting much of its time and efforts to this critical priority and would need the public’s help.

Every property owner in Ocean Pines knows how important the St. Martin River is to the health of our environment and property values. The recently released water quality report provided by the Maryland Coastal Bay Program (MCBP) graded this waterway as a D+. While this rating may sound discouraging, it is an improvement and reflects many of the positive steps already initiated by the MCBP. It is these small steps that we must build on.

May 20 will be the kick-off with the first annual Ocean Pines Bay Day. There will be presentations that offer many easily applied suggestions on how even one (1) property owner can help improve our environment and water quality. We all need to work together to ensure good stewardship of our natural resources.