About Us

The Chesapeake Bay, the great rivers that feed it, and vast landscape surrounding them are at the center of our nation’s story. These special places are filled with rich history, marvels of nature, beautiful scenery, and hundreds upon hundreds of opportunities to explore and enjoy.

Set within the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake watershed—an area eighteen times the size of Yellowstone National Park—are: 55 units of the National Park System; scores of state parks and wildlife refuges; the Appalachian Trail and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail; large national heritage areas like the Journey Through Hallowed Ground; more than 2,600 miles of designated water trails; and so much more.

The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office connects people to experiences of the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and the watershed. We help conserve special places important to visitors, residents, and the nation, for this and future generations. And we manage the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

We support Chesapeake Explorer and smithtrail.net to help you find places for experiencing the Chesapeake region. With many partners, particularly the Chesapeake Conservancy, we carry out visitor, conservation and restoration programs along the John Smith Chesapeake Trail. And we help convene and coordinate public access and conservation efforts throughout the watershed under the Chesapeake Bay Program and Chesapeake Executive Order.

Mission

The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office connects people to experiences of the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. We help to conserve special places important to visitors, residents, and the nation, for this and future generations.

Who We Are

We come in all shapes and sizes at the National Park Service Chesapeake Office. But there's one thing we share in common - a love of the Chesapeake region.
Chuck Hunt

Chuck Hunt

Superintendent
National Park Service

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Carolyn Black

Carolyn Black

Youth Specialist
Chesapeake Conservancy

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Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell

Chief of Planning & Development
National Park Service

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Cindy Chance

Cindy Chance

Cultural Anthropologist
National Park Service

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Jamie Cupples

Jamie Cupples

Administrative Officer
National Park Service

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John Davy

John Davy

Outdoor Recreation Planner
National Park Service

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Jonathan Doherty

Jonathan Doherty

Assistant Superintendent
National Park Service

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Kelsey Everett

Kelsey Everett

Intern
Chesapeake Bay Trust

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Amy Handen

Amy Handen

Outdoor Recreation Planner
National Park Service

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Jackie Kramer

Jackie Kramer

Outdoor Recreation Planner
National Park Service

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Michael Land

Michael Land

Digital and Design
National Park Service

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Christine Lucero

Christine Lucero

Partnership Coordinator
National Park Service

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Kate Marks Hardy

Kate Marks Hardy

Visual Information Specialist
National Park Service

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Megan McSwain

Megan McSwain

Communications Assistant
Chesapeake Conservancy

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Josh Montanari

Josh Montanari

Education, Youth and Volunteer Coordinator
National Park Service

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Drew Pizzala

Drew Pizzala

Stewardship and Education Goal Team Staffer
Chesapeake Research Consortium

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Telva Reid

Telva Reid

Administrative Support Assistant
National Park Service

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