Wye Research & Education Center

WREC

Wye Research and Education Center
124 Wye Narrows Drive
P.O. Box 169
Queenstown, MD 21658
Phone: 410.827.8056
Fax: 410.827.9039

WREC shares nearly 1,000 acres with The Aspen Institute.  The Center's location makes it an ideal site for research focusing on preserving the health and vitality of the Chesapeake Bay, sustaining agricultural productivity, product diversity, and maintaining Maryland's valued quality of life.

The Center currently houses several Regional Extension Specialists and Research Scientists.  In addition, faculty from the Departments of Animal Sciences, Agriculture and Resource Economics, Environmental Science and Technology, Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture, and Entomology use the Center.  Other agencies collaborating with Center scientists and College faculty include:  USDA-ARS-BARC, USGS, USEPA, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Weather Data

Wye Station - Spring

The Wye weather station is located at:

38 54' 46.15"N

76 09' 06.75"W

 

Center History

 

The Wye Institute, the Wye Plantation, and the Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) have been cooperating, both formally and informally, in agricultural research and related activities for nearly 40 years.  Cooperation with the Wye Angus head, which began in 1954, has been a tremendous resource for MAES scientists.  Crop research has been conducted by MAES scientists since 1966 when Wye Institute made available, without charge, 100 acres of Institute land for use by MAES.

In 1973, arrangements were completed which enabled the University of Maryland to purchase, for use by MAES, 123 acres of Wye Institute land.  In 1978, the Wye Plantation donated the Wye Angus herd, together with a substantial cash endowment, to the University of Maryland Foundation for use in the related activities at Wye.  The plan provided a blueprint for the future development of the Experiment Station's field unit at Wye and a sound basis to Wye Institute and Wye Plantation for planning the most efficient use of their resources. 

In December, 1979, the proposed plan was completed.  The plan envisioned Wye to be an innovative multidisciplinary research, extension and education center with the following six major foci:  Cattle Breeding and Genetics; Integrated Pest Management; Plant Breeding and Genetics; Energy Development; Usage and Conservation; Quality of Life; and Interaction of Land and Water Agriculture-Aquaculture.

In 1982, the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, now located at Wye Plantation, offered the use of its facilities and 450 acres of land to support the research programs of MAES.  Also in 1982, MAES formally established the Wye Research and Education Center (WREC).  Two years later, following acceptance of MAES plans for WREC, Wye Institute agreed to donate an additional 35 acres of land for MAES use.

In 1991, MAES marked the official opening of the 16,000 square foot Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Laboratory.  This valuable addition greatly enhanced the scope of scientific inquiry at the center

Extension Programs held at WyeREC

Strawberry Twilight Tours

Pumpkin Twilight Tours

Bay Area Fruit Schools

Click here for UMD Extension page for Wye Research and Education Center

Directions

GPS Addresses

  • Houghton Lab (offices & meeting rooms):  124 Wye Narrows Drive, Queenstown MD 21658
  • Farm:  211 Farm Lane, Queenstown MD 21658
  • Wye Angus:  2016 Carmichael Road, Queenstown MD 21658

From Baltimore

  • Take Maryland Route 97 south to US Route 50 east and follow signs to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
  • Cross the Bay Bridge and stay on Route 50 east for approximately 12 miles.
  • Turn right at yellow blinking light (½ mile after mile 49 post marker) Carmichael Road, and follow for approximately 3½ miles to Cheston Lane.
  • Right on Cheston and follow for approximately 1½ miles to fork in road.
  • Left at fork on Houghton Lab Lane-travel approximately ¼ mile to WREC parking lot.

From Washington, DC

  • Follow US Route 50 east to Annapolis, Maryland and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
  • Cross the Bay Bridge and stay on Route 50 east for approximately 12 miles.
  • Turn right ½ mile after mile 49 post marker, at Carmichael Road (yellow blinking light).
  • Follow for approximately 3½ miles to Cheston Lane.
  • Right on Cheston and follow for approximately 1½ miles to fork in road.
  • Left at fork on Houghton Lab Lane-travel approximately ¼ mile to WREC parking lot.

From Wilmington, DE; Philadelphia, PA; New York City

  • At the west end of the Delaware Memorial Bridge (near Wilmington, Delaware), follow US Route 301 south about 65 miles to the overpass at US Route 213 (Queen Anne’s County).
  • Take Route 213 south and follow to traffic light at US Route 50. Turn right onto Rt. 50 (west).
  • Turn left at Carmichael Road, ½ mile after mile 50 post marker, at yellow blinking light.
  • Follow for approximately 3½ miles to Cheston Lane.
  • Right on Cheston and follow for approximately 1½ miles to fork in road.
  • Left at fork on Houghton Lab Lane-travel approximately ¼ mile to WREC parking lot.

From Norfolk and Tidewater, VA

  • Cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and follow US route 13 north to Salisbury, Maryland.
  • In Salisbury, take US Route 50 west (left) and proceed to US Route 50 west about 64 miles, passing through Cambridge and Easton. 
  • Continue on Route 50 west, past Route 404 and Route 213.
  • Turn left at Carmichael Road, ½ mile after mile 50 post marker, at yellow blinking light. 
  • Follow for approximately 3½ miles to Cheston Lane.
  • Right on Cheston and follow for approximately 1½ miles to fork in road.
  • Left at fork on Houghton Lab Lanetravel approximately ¼ mile to WREC parking lot.

From Airports

  • BWI: Follow directions “From Baltimore, Maryland” (above).
  • Reagan National Airport: On leaving airport, follow Route 1 through Alexandria, Virginia to US Route 95 north. Follow US Route 95 north to US Route 50 east. Follow directions “From Washington, D.C.” (above).