Schoolhouse Pond

Schoolhouse Pond is a large pond across the street from the PG Co County Administrative Building (CAB). Water usually at least partly open even in below –freezing weather thanks to bubblers, the pond hosts a good seasonal selection of waterfowl. Proximity to the county landfill attracts gulls in large numbers. Some of the surface is covered by emergent vegetation, while other sections are exposed mud. A trail, partly of boardwalk, makes a complete circuit of ~ ¾ mile along woods and scrub. 


Waterfowl include most of the dabbling ducks; wintering gulls sometimes include rarities such as Franklin’s, Black-headed, and Little Gulls.  Snipe and coot  are regular in season. Rails may be heard in spring or fall. In April/May look for Blue-winged Teal. The trail offers good passerine birding during Spring and Fall migration, and even in winter there may be surprises.  Breeding birds include Black-crowned Night-heron and Barred Owl.

Nearby Depot Pond is also worth visiting. Park along Chrysler Dr in AM; Marlboro Race Track Rd in PMNone on site; McDonalds is nearby on Marlboro Pike just w. of Rt 301.
Best Seasons: 
All except mid-summer
Open sunrise to sunset, all year
Google Map: 
Schoolhouse Pond
Site Address: 
Gov Oden Bowie Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD 20771
Curbside along Oden Bowie Dr, metered during office hours.
Prince George's County