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Featured Events This Week

Looking for something fun to do? Learn about a bunch of upcoming events we've hand selected from around the Chesapeake region.

December 5, 2017


Patapsco a park for all seasons, reasons

Patapsco Valley State Park is more than 14,000 acres and includes 32 miles along its namesake river. Originally called a “forest preserve” or “river forest park,” Patapsco is a wilderness at Baltimore’s doorstep.

November 30, 2017

Chesapeake Insider

Jake Leizear

Jake Leizear is a GIS Fellow with the National Parks Service and the Chesapeake Conservancy who has just finished a year of service with the Chesapeake Conservation Corps. His work focuses on geospatial data stewardship, furthering the goals of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership, and assisting in shared GIS goals/projects.

November 20, 2017


Visitors learn it’s all about the wildlife at Patuxent Research Refuge

The Patuxent Research Refuge is the nation's only National Wildlife Refuge established to support wildlife research. Tour portions of 12,000 acres along the upper Patuxent River, and a visitor center on regional and national wildlife.

November 13, 2017


Digging into Washington’s past

If George Washington actually did chop down a cherry tree and refuse to lie about it, the incident probably happened at Ferry Farm, his boyhood home along the Rappahannock River. Visit the farm and learn about our first President.

November 6, 2017

Chesapeake Insider

Nathan Burrell

When it comes to the James River Park System, few people know it as well as Nathan Burrell. Currently the park’s superintendent, he has worked there for 15 years, beginning as an intern working with only one other person on staff to manage 600 acres in the middle of Downtown Richmond.

October 30, 2017

Top Places For

Top places to go paddling with kids on the Potomac River

The idea of canoeing or kayaking with kids may seem daunting ‒ you need the right equipment, and safety precautions are paramount. But there are many places on the Potomac River where paddlers of all ages can take off with ease.

October 11, 2017

Featured Tour

Watermen in the Middle Bay (Driving Tour)

This tour takes visitors to three sites where they can learn about oyster dredgers and the oystering industry, visit the 1860s home of a buyboat captain, and learn about a waterman’s neighborhood that thrived until the 1960s.

October 3, 2017


Blue Ridge Parkway’s distracting diversity

The Blue Ridge Parkway, which some have dubbed “America’s favorite road trip” is a 469-mile blend of nature, history and culture that connects Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border.

September 25, 2017

Top Places For

Learning How to Build a Boat

From dories and deadrises to bugeyes and buyboats, a diverse array of boats were birthed in the Chesapeake region. Though the heyday of boatbuilding has passed, there are still many places where you can learn about these ships and their stories. The Bay’s fabled boatbuilding tradition is yours to explore at the top places for learning how to build a boat.

September 11, 2017

From the Field

Fishing in the Wake of Captain John Smith

Everybody has heard the story about how Captain John Smith and his crew tried to catch fish with a frying pan during their exploration of the Chesapeake in the summer of 1608. If you’ve ever tried to get close enough to them to throw a cast net, you know what a poor rig a frying pan would be.

August 28, 2017

Chesapeake Insider

Lara Lutz, Writer

Lara Lutz is a writer who has worked as a writer and editor dealing with environmental issues and heritage in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for a variety of organizations and publications since 1995.

August 21, 2017

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