Restoration of Nature

St. Luke's Restoration of Nature

An Urban Sanctuary

for the Renewal of Nature, Community, and Spirit

St. Luke’s Restoration of Nature is a four-acre comprehensive watershed restoration and environmental learning center located in the heart of the densely populated Eastport peninsula on the grounds of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Our goal is to educate and inspire all people to be better stewards of our shared home by restoring nature in their own communities.

Stone Bridge
Best management practices (BMP) at the top of the project include regenerative stormwater conveyance with curb cuts and bio swales that feed a restored historic stream channel. The stream was re-established by daylighting stormwater pipes, allowing the water to enter a series of step pools and weirs that naturally conveys stormwater while slowing it down and spreading it out, allowing replenishment of the aquifer through infiltration while also treating the water as it flows and seeps through the stream channel and re-established balanced ecosystem. At the tidal interface, the Restoration ties in more BMPs by re-establishing native tidal marsh habitat and living shoreline on Watergate Pointe’s property, further improving water quality while stabilizing eroding banks.

The resulting clean water and quality habitat are already enabling frogs, turtles, spawning fish, and other aquatic species to thrive. Overall restoration are providing food and shelter for flora and fauna. Reduced pollution is benefiting the City of Annapolis and providing significant Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) reduction credits to help meet the Chesapeake Bay Program’s blueprint for restoration. Finally, the Restoration has created quality green space for the community in a park-like setting, which doubles as an outdoor environmental learning center for teaching environmental literacy and watershed restoration techniques to all ages.

Our project was featured in the Chesapeake Quarterly!

Bowen's Branch

About Bowen's Branch

At the dedication ceremony for St. Luke's Restoration of Nature on September 9, 2018, the restored stream was named in memory of Ron Bowen. Ron spent 30 years as a public servant in our community through the Public Works Department of Anne Arundel County. He retired in 2013 as Director of Public Works. Ron championed innovative watershed restoration initiatives and a collaborative spirit between government and citizens. He co-founded the Watershed Stewards Academy to enable everyone who “lives, works and plays” in Anne Arundel County to be part of the solution to stormwater pollution. Ron died in May of 2018, leaving a legacy of environmental stewardship and service to the community. Without his legacy, St. Luke's Restoration of Nature would never have been possible. Learn more about Ron Bowen by clicking here to read a tribute on the Watershed Stewards Academy website.

Our Partners

The Restoration was made possible by: Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy, Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, and Chesapeake Bay Trust. It was designed and constructed by Underwood & Associates. The environmental learning center is funded by the United Thank Offering, a mission organization within the Episcopal Church. Contributing grantors and sponsors include: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Annapolis Subaru, Watergate Pointe, Severn River Association, Back Creek Conservancy, Maryland Environmental Trust, Unity Gardens, and donations from community businesses, neighbors, and church members.


Get Involved!

The Restoration and the environmental learning center would not be possible without our many friends and supporters from the wider community. We welcome volunteers to assist with trail maintenance, invasive species management, fundraising, and educational tours. Sign up to receive our email newsletters and notices of volunteer opportunities by emailing and asking to be added to the “Friends of the Restoration” list.

Support the Church that Supports the Bay 

If you find our educational overlooks inspiring, consider making a donation to name one in memory or in honor of a loved one or organization. Your contribution will help St. Luke’s continue to provide the facilities that support our environmental education programs. To speak with someone about this charitable opportunity, contact the church office at or 410-268-5419.

Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Vision

Maryland Episcopal Environmental Partners
For the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, caring for the environment is core to our spiritual vocation. As stewards of creation, we must strive to live a life that sustains our environment and in turn allows all of us to live healthy and just lives through sharing and protecting the earth’s resources for everyone. Therefore, during these dire environmental times, we must actively put forth solutions and actions that can be embraced by the diocese and its members, and be a beacon for all people in our region.