From the Field

Roving Ranger is back in action for 2018 & better than ever

Our mobile visitor center, the Chesapeake Roving Ranger, is back on the road representing the Chesapeake Conservancy and National Park Service and serving up a bit of the Bay! This season, the Ranger has traveled throughout the watershed and took up shop at a dozen events and festivals. Visitors to the Roving Ranger can collect a National Park passport stamp, pick up special junior ranger program books related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and participate in an interpretive program.

In addition to showcasing a number of fresh activities, the Ranger is sporting a new look! In early spring, the vehicle underwent a refit and now features a brand new popup window, solar panels, and additional graphics that include a brand new hands-on Bay watershed map. The Ranger is hard to miss, it’s the size of a delivery truck and features large, beautiful scenes of the Chesapeake Bay on all sides.

Even with the summer season coming to an end, the Ranger will still be at public events and festivals related to the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay into late fall.  Below is a list of some of the Ranger's upcoming appearances:

For any questions or to schedule the Roving Ranger at your event, contact Kate Marks Hardy.

Smallwood State Park

Smallwood State Park

Smallwood State Park, along a tributary of the Potomac River, offers a unique mix of historical significance and modern-day boating conveniences.

Marbury, MD

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Introducing visitors to the Bay story, and telling the Chesapeake's maritime history on the Eastern Shore. The museum houses examples of historic bay working boats, exhibits, guns, decoys, ship models and the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse.

St. Michaels, MD

St. Clement's Island

St. Clement’s Island Museum

The story of Maryland's beginnings is featured at this museum located along the Potomac. The Museum also provides group tours to St. Clement's Island, a state park accessible only by boat.

Colton's Point, MD

York River State Park

York River State Park

York River State Park offers visitors an opportunity to experience the environment of a coastal estuary. The park is known for its rare and delicate environment, where freshwater and saltwater meet.

Williamsburg, VA

Sunrise at Kiptopeke State Park

Kiptopeke State Park

Kiptopeke State Park's location near the tip of the Chesapeake's Eastern Shore makes the park a prime location for bird-watching. Migrating birds congregate at this point on the Delmarva before moving on to breeding or wintering grounds.

Cape Charles, VA

Schooner Sultana

Sultana Education Foundation

The Sultana Education Foundation offers a diverse variety of history and science-based field programs serving students and teachers throughout Maryland and beyond.

Chestertown, MD

Patrick Smith

Patrick is the Communications and Partnership Assistant working with both the Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office. Previously, Patrick worked for Pride of Baltimore II and Schooner Woodwind. He is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History.

August 8, 2018

Main image: Patrick Smith, Chesapeake Conservancy
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