Corporate Team Building & Volunteerism

Group of volunteers standing around oyster shell pile with shovels

Whether your staff simply wants to learn more about oysters – or get their hands dirty in a friendly competition – these highly-interactive, fully customizable team-building and volunteerism activities are a unique way to engage employees in cameraderie and conservation.

Each offering includes a presentation about ORP’s work to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay. ORP provides all necessary supplies. Dates, times, and locations are flexible and we highly recommend outdoor venues for a more immersive learning experience. Contact Allison Albert Guercio, Marketing Manager, for more information on pricing and scheduling.

 

OPTIONS

GROUP LECTURES

Invite an ORP staff member to speak at your upcoming corporate event, chapter meeting, restaurant opening, employee retreat, and more! We never get tired of talking about reef restoration, how oysters improve water quality… whatever oyster topic you’re interested in learning more about.

OYSTER CAGE BUILDING

Your team will assemble the critical oyster-growing cages that are distributed to participants in the Marylanders Grow Oysters program. This 1 ½ – 2 hour activity involves bending precut, safety-coated wire mesh into cage-shape, securing with pliers and clamp rings, and adding rope and an MGO tag. No heavy lifting required. Group size limited to 30.

OYSTER SHELL BAGGING

A fast-paced, physical activity for the competitive crew, shell-bagging involves shoveling oyster shells into mesh bags. The bags are later seeded with oyster larvae and distributed to Marylanders Grow Oysters participants to nurture into healthy oysters that will be planted on sanctuary reefs in local waterways. Heavy lifting is required. Timing varies for this activity based on group size.

SRA “CREW FOR A DAY”

Assist our Shell Recycling Alliance (SRA) crew with collecting oyster shells from restaurants in Maryland, DC, or northern VA. Oyster shell is the best material to rebuild reefs and is in short supply. The SRA ensures that “no shell is left behind” and helps restaurants reduce their waste collection fees. For some added fun and to boost engagement, we incorporate a mobile scavenger hunt. This activity takes place during regular business hours (M-F 9 am – 5 pm). Some heavy lifting is required. Group size accommodation varies by location, but is limited to 15.

CUSTOM EXPERIENCES

We’ll work with you to create an event that meets your goals and suits your needs. Examples include hands-on shucking workshops, oyster happy hours or socials at your place of business (we’ll bring everything!), Chesapeake Bay trivia, educational presentations, and more. Let us know what you’re looking for and we will make it happen!

HATCHERY TOUR WITH SKIPJACK OUTING – CURRENTLY CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

Located in beautiful Cambridge, Maryland, the Horn Point Oyster Hatchery tour and skipjack outing is the ultimate group experience! It is a great way to learn about oyster history and see restoration work first hand – all while sailing the Choptank River on one of the region’s few remaining skipjacks. This activity could include lunch, libations and fresh oysters dredged-up fresh from the Bay. Group size limited to 20 per sail. Groups of up to 40 could be accommodated in separate, simultaneous outings.

SPONSOR AND PLANT OYSTERS – CURRENTLY CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19

All of the fun and excitement from the above with an added visit to a nearby protected oyster sanctuary, where your group will be credited with adding thousands of baby oysters to the Chesapeake Bay. Show your commitment to the environment by sponsoring bags of baby oysters, that your team will work together to deploy overboard. After the planting, we will provide you with your oyster planting and water filtering totals that you can proudly display in a group photo. These oysters will grow to provide critical ecosystem services all thanks to your company!