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Ecology Experiences

From an oyster excursion to a crabbing experience, learn about the keystone species of the Chesapeake Bay with our ecologist, Will Smiley.

At the Tides Inn, Will lends his expertise to working on the water and informing guests of the living aspects of Carter’s Creek and the Rappahannock River, including growing more oysters to create better water quality and educating guests on their key role in the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Gold

Guided by the Tides Inn ecologist, learn why oysters are the keystone species of the Chesapeake Bay. They are ecologically essential for the health of the Bay, purifying the water for their food. An adult oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day. Boarding a traditional watermen’s boat, you will visit an oyster farm, pull up oyster cages, investigate and sort the catch. Upon returning to the shore, you will learn how to “grade” oysters and watch a waterman grill oysters to perfection – while enjoying a local wine or beer.