Trip Ideas

From the Field

Summer Explorations - Douglas Point Natural Area

Douglas Point’s appeal definitely lies in being off the beaten path! After some background research, we took a trip down to enjoy a socially-distant beach day in 90 degree weather.

September 8, 2020

From the Field

The Lion of Anacostia

A visit to Frederick Douglass National Historic Site highlighting the accomplished man born into slavery who later became a United States ambassador to Haiti and one of the most photographed men of the 19th century.

February 19, 2020

From the Field

Life Abounds at First Landing State Park

First Landing State Park is one of the best places in Virginia to take in a wide range of coastal habitat, from dunes to maritime forest to marshes and swamps.

October 14, 2018

From the Field

Huntley Meadows--The Natural Island in Suburbia

Located only 30 minutes from Washington D.C, Huntley Meadows serves as a natural island vacation from the monotonous meadows of metropolis.

February 8, 2018

From the Field

Waterfowl Hunting

Waterfowl hunting is an incredible way to experience the Chesapeake in autumn and winter. Located right in the heard of the Atlantic flyway, the Chesapeake Bay watershed is one of the finest places in the country to hunt waterfowl.

December 18, 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

From the Field

Birding at Susquehanna State Park

Near the end of the Susquehanna River, just north of downtown Havre De Grace, MD, sits a pristine, 2639-acre park. Within this park, a wide variety of habitat as well as the funneling effect the river causes to bird migration, makes this spot an incredible location for one of America’s favorite hobbies, birding

July 24, 2017

From the Field

Roving Ranger is Ready to Roll

Check out the “Roving Ranger”, our new mobile visitor center for the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail). he Roving Ranger gives families an opportunity to enjoy learning about American Indian communities and the history of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers

May 9, 2017

From the Field

Fly Fishing Gunpowder Falls State Park

When you hear about fishing in the Chesapeake, the immediate first thought is rockfish—Maryland’s state fish—and other bay species like red drum, speckled trout, and white perch. However, the tailwaters of Gunpowder Falls State Park below Prettyboy Reservoir offer seven miles of wild trout fishing.

May 5, 2017

From the Field

The Ghost Fleet at Mallows Bay

Located just 30 miles from Washington, D.C., Mallows Bay contains the largest collection of historic shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere. These shipwrecks have inspired explorers, writers, and conservationists to explore and experience this unique place and share the history.

September 15, 2016

From the Field

Sky Meadows State Park: Hills with History and Hikes

Sky Meadowns State Park offers a secluded escape with a dash of history and views into the untouched fields, forests, and streams of Virginia.

August 11, 2016

From the Field

There’s Something for Everyone at Mason Neck State Park

If you’re searching for an idyllic state park containing trails looping through hardwood forests, scenic overlooks, and amenities ranging from a kayak launch to a picnic area, consider devoting your entire day to Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, Virginia.

July 14, 2016

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