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January 11, 2021

A Note About Our Virtual Trips & Tips

We know there is a lot of uncertainty and upheaval in our world right now. We also know how much the parks in the Chesapeake Bay watershed mean to you and how they can be a place of discovery and comfort and hope for us all. We hope that our updated virtual Trips & Tips newsletters will help bring the parks to you while we all do our part to keep ourselves, our families, and communities healthy and…

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Bernie Fowler

by Yazan Hasan by Michael Bowman by Kelsey Everett December 30, 2020

Former Maryland State Senator, Bernie Fowler, is one of the Chesapeake Bay’s greatest heroes and champions. Fowler served, in various capacities, as a member of the Calvert County Board of Education, a Calvert County Commissioner, and as a State Senator. In these positions, Fowler was a champion for the health and environmental quality of both the Patuxent River and the Chesapeake Bay. Beginning in 1988, Fowler hosted the first Patuxent River…

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Imani Black

by Jody Couser December 24, 2020

 Shellfish aquaculture biologist Imani Black is the founder and president of Minorities in Aquaculture, a nonprofit that seeks to create a more diverse aquaculture industry by educating minority women on the restoration and sustainability efforts that aquaculture provides for our local and global seafood industries.


Tell us a bit about yourself! Where did you grow up?

I’m from Chestertown on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I went to Queen Anne’s County High School and then went to Old Dominion…

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Seasonal Spotlight

First Day Hikes 2021

by Kelsey Everett December 20, 2020

Start your new year off on the right foot, participate in the growing trend known as first day hikes! 

First Day Hikes is a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks, a non-profit under the name of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD). The mission of this Association is “to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance.” Get a jumpstart on the new year and take part in this…

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Deanna Mitchell

by Yazan Hasan December 15, 2020

Deanna Mitchell is the current superintendent of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park. A native of Maryland, she has been dedicated to ensuring that the rich history of the Eastern Shore is not forgotten, and that the African American heritage of the region is not only recorded, but also cherished.

What piece of African American heritage do you wish more people knew of in the Chesapeake region?

At this time,…

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Suggested Trip

Western Maryland’s Haven for Outdoor Recreation

by Saki December 8, 2020

Potomac State Forest in Garrett County, Maryland seems to have something for almost every outdoor enthusiast: hikers, campers, anglers, archers, mountain bikers, hunters, geocachers, snowmobilers, wildlife enthusiasts, off-road vehicle (ORV) riders, and whitewater kayakers. The class IV rapids of the North Branch of the Potomac River are only for the experienced, well-seasoned paddler, but the rest of us can appreciate the rugged topography that creates these whitewater conditions from a…

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