The Wetlands Sanctuary (1361 Wrighton Rd.) is open to
the General Public on:
Wednesdays - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Fridays - 7:00 am - sunset
Saturdays and Sundays - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays, December through February
On other weekdays, the staff are involved with scheduled educational programs, school visits, group tours, research and fieldwork, volunteer training, workshops, maintenance, and meetings.
Organized groups are required to make a reservation prior to a visit. Individuals and families do not need to call ahead. All visitors: please check in at the Wetlands Center office when you arrive.
The Wetlands Sanctuary and the Glendening Preserve
are closed Sundays from December through February.
The Parris N. Glendening Nature Preserve is open for hiking daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is no entrance fee for the Preserve, but groups must still make a reservation.
The main parking lot is on the north side of Wrighton Road about 500 feet before you get to the Wetlands Center entrance road. Visitors can also park on Plummer Lane, near Route 4, or in the parking lot next to Plummer House. Note: the gate here is not open at all times.
Plummer House, in the Glendening Nature Preserve, serves as staff offices and is open for special events. It is located at 5702 Plummer Lane, at Route 4.
There are several reasons why the Sanctuary maintains a "limited-access" policy and is not open to the public at all times.
This policy was enacted in1985 to help maintain the integrity of sensitive habitats, and the plants and animals that depend on these habitats for survival. Additionally.......
- Jug Bay is a sanctuary rather than a park. The lands here were purchased to protect the sensitive wetlands, other natural habitats, and the abundant wildlife found here. Habitat protection is our most important mission.
- Public access is a management tool that can be used to help protect wildlife. Too many visitors can inadvertently harm wildlife and habitats.
- The Sanctuary has a small staff of part-time and full-time employees to manage over 1,700 acres. Staff are not always available daily to greet and orient visitors. On days when we're not open to the public, the staff plans educational programs, supervises students, analyzes research results, coordinates volunteer programs, repairs hiking trails/boardwalks, conducts workshops, and attends meetings or conferences elsewhere. At times when we are not open to the public, there may be no staff on site.
- Our "limited-access" policy is patterned after the habitat protection policies of the Nature Conservancy and federal Wilderness Area programs. Land conservation organizations that preserve and protect sensitive and vulnerable natural lands also limit public access. For example, backcountry permits are required to enter remote areas of National Parks and Wilderness Areas.
The Sanctuary is closed on these official county holidays:
New Year’s Day
Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday