Trip Ideas

Calvert County’s Treasure Trove of Bayside Memories

The Bayside communities of North Beach and Chesapeake Beachhave a long and colorful history that’s worth a day trip for anyone that treasures the Chesapeake way of life.

April 30, 2022

Chesapeake Insider

Katrina Jones

Katrina Jones is the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) Program Manager for Education and Stakeholder Engagement.

April 27, 2022

The Magic of Brookside Gardens

The beauty and sensory delights of Brookside are not the only reasons to visit. It also offers programs with health and wellness benefits.

April 25, 2022

Dueling Heron Bills at Mason Neck

The Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge is home to one of the largest great blue heron rookeries on the Potomac River. Whenever I visit, I look for shadows in the tree canopy and wild clattering, both telltale signs of a heron rookery.

April 20, 2022

Family Fun

Enjoying the Baltimore-Washington Trail System

The BWI/B&A trail system is a multi-use, all-season magnet, benefiting the health and happiness of those lucky enough to live nearby.

April 9, 2022

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Spring Peeper Paddle on the Patapsco

While this section of Patapsco Valley State Park is great for a lot of outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, and exploring historic sites, the nature lover in me keeps coming back for the wildlife viewing.

April 1, 2022

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Top Places for Finding Spring Wildflowers

We are blessed with a great number of easily accessible state, national, and regional parks, arboretums, and natural areas that showcase great wildflower habitats and make for rewarding wildflower hikes.

March 31, 2022

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Top Ten Places for Spring Migration Birding in the District of Columbia

You may be surprised to learn that you do not need to leave the confines of Washington, DC to find world-class spring migration birding opportunities. There are a number of parks and habitats throughout the city that provide important habitat for breeding or foraging on the journey northwards.

March 27, 2022

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The Year-Round Charm of Franklin Point State Park

Franklin Point has a natural, undeveloped feel that may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy passive pursuits like hiking and wildlife viewing it is perfect just as it is.

March 23, 2022

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Camping in Maryland State Parks

From primitive campsites to cabin ‘glamping’ and everything in between, Maryland state parks have something for all nature lovers to enjoy.

March 16, 2022


Shad Fishing in the Chesapeake

It’s April on the Chesapeake Bay, what is the best way to wet a line, bend a rod, and get some steady action? The answer is shad!

March 4, 2022


The Season of Chesapeake Ospreys

When spring finally arrives to the Chesapeake region, the ospreys slowly return to their nests, staying until late fall after a busy season of raising their chicks.

February 25, 2022

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