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The River and Field Campus

In a Class by Itself

The River and Field Campus at Washington College is the largest conservation easement in the state of Maryland – and there’s no place like it in the world. The 4,700-acre living lab incorporates 2.5 miles of Chester River waterfront, meadows, untouched hardwood forests, ponds, grasslands, marshes and riverine habitat. Just a 10-minute drive from the Washington College main campus, the River and Field Campus offers students an unparalleled living classroom in subjects ranging from biology and chemistry to environmental art and anthropology.


It’s Unprecedented

The size and scope of what’s being done at the River and Field Campus at Washington College can’t be experienced anywhere else. The River and Field Campus is a place for faculty and students to conduct hands-on field research and collaborate on everything from soil chemistry to bird migration. It’s a true test bed for exploring how commercial agriculture can work hand-in-hand with conservation and restoration efforts. Students are given an opportunity to conduct research and propose solutions applicable to real issues, not just in Maryland, but across the world.


Students Make an Impact

The River and Field Campus at Washington College provides the opportunity for students to learn the skills necessary to become global socio-environmental leaders. When our students move on from their education and into the world, they will also become adult citizens of a world facing critical, impending environmental changes. We want our students to be creative and bold enough to develop solutions to challenges that our world is already facing.


Deeper Connections

The diversity of habitat and ecology that comes with the sheer size of the River and Field Campus at Washington College offers opportunities for students to explore, learn, and immerse themselves in untrammeled wilderness and deeply connect with the natural world. Students will learn through the multidisciplinary lens of the liberal arts, giving them a broader learning experience that is unique when compared to other institutions. From environmental art to bird banding, students at the River and Field Campus will be part of research and innovation that they will take forward into the larger world. They will become citizens and leaders who are well-informed, scientifically trained, and who understand the complexity of the issues from both the scientific and human perspective.


A Wild Food Lab

The Eastern Shore Food Lab at Washington College will create a one-of-a-kind wild food laboratory at the River and Field Campus—an outdoor classroom and laboratory dedicated to experimenting with and pushing the limits of wild food resources, from wild plants, insects, and animals, to microflora. As an interdisciplinary research, teaching, and production laboratory dedicated to the studying and experimenting with sustainable food systems, the Food Lab will research the resources unique to the region based on weather, climate, soil chemistry, and microbial biology, and fuse historical food methods with modern technologies.


Chester River Field Research Station

The River and Field Campus at Washington College is the home to the Chester River Field Research Station, which is the focal point for much of the field research for the College’s faculty and students as well as the Center for Environment & Society which offers:


Contact Us

For more information about the River and Field Campus, please contact:

The Center for Environment and Society

485 S. Cross Street

Chestertown, MD 21620