Seminars & Events

  • Student Advisory Committee (SAC) Meetings
    Sundays @ 2 pm
  • Greenhouse Design Competition!  
    December 2nd through January 16th 
    Who can design the most imaginative, resourceful, efficient, and beautiful greenhouse to be built at Chancellor's Point? Send us your design. For more information email jmbenjamin@smcm.edu
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    Development Club

    Eric Hoffman in what appears to be a Whole Foods

    The Chancellor's Point Development Club provides opportunities for students to be a part of development of Chancellor's Point in both physical restoration of the site and programmatic development. Be it camping, independent studies, kayak trips, research, fishing, guest speakers, gardening, or connecting with nonprofits, the possibilities are endless. We are here to help, and we can use your help. JOIN US!

    Chancellor's Blog

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    Checkout the Chancellor's Point Project Blog, a constantly updating narrative of what's happening down at Chancellor's Point.  The blog is also another place to make your voice heard!

    Site Development

    Facilities

    naturecenterworkdevChancellor's Point is in need of restoration towards the facilities and the landscape. The deteriorated state of the previous Natural History Museum, which sits overlooking the St. Mary's River, demonstrates the necessity for extreme renovation. After damage from vandalism and termites, this building is unusable. Currently it is under renovation to return it to a useful educational and community space.

    Eventually, the former Natural History Museum will host SMCM classes, community workshops, events, meetings, and any other programs in need of a sizable indoor space. Plans for the building naturecenterdevinclude an indoor seminar area, office space, bathroom, study spaces, a small library, and material storage. The facility already has an ADA accessible ramp and entrance.

    The office space will be useful for teachers, facility managers, curators, or other partnering community groups. The small site-specific library in the building will provide resources for students and community members and a study space secure from the weather, yet visually immersed in the St. Mary's River landscape.

    The Landscape

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    overgrownhutOne of the most important features of Chancellor's Point is the dramatic view of the St. Mary's River extending north beyond St. Mary’s College of Maryland to Virginia in the other direction. Because the site has been unused for many years, the viewshed is overgrown, and the river is almost hidden. Invasive species challenge trees on the shoreline and low, local plants. This is of great concern for both the program and the health of the shoreline. The Committee is working on a plan with the Critical Area Commission that will rescue the native species, maintain a functioning buffer, protect the integrity of the shoreline, and recover the historic views.

    The rest of the 66 acres is also in need of landscape management. Historic St. Mary's City is considering employing a small group of goats to do the dirty work because much of the overgrown areas contain poison ivy and brambles.  Now gaining popularity even by local governments, goats provide a sustainable, efficient, and inexpensive alternative to spending human hours removing hazardous poison ivy and multiflora rose.

    The Committee is also considering a restoration design similar to an arboretum or botanical garden that will support self-sufficient, sustainable native plant ecologies and food crops. The adapted “permaculture” method will focus on useful native, heirloom plants and other historical flora and fauna. Chancellor's Point will be "designed wild" to demonstrate the land's natural abundance before industrial agriculture.