About Us

The Chesapeake Bay, the great rivers that feed it, and vast landscape surrounding them are at the center of our nation’s story. These special places are filled with rich history, marvels of nature, beautiful scenery, and hundreds upon hundreds of opportunities to explore and enjoy.

Set within the 64,000 square mile Chesapeake watershed—an area eighteen times the size of Yellowstone National Park—are: 55 units of the National Park System; scores of state parks and wildlife refuges; the Appalachian Trail and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail; large national heritage areas like the Journey Through Hallowed Ground; more than 2,600 miles of designated water trails; and so much more.

The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office connects people to experiences of the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and the watershed. We help conserve special places important to visitors, residents, and the nation, for this and future generations. And we manage the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

We support Chesapeake Explorer and smithtrail.net to help you find places for experiencing the Chesapeake region. With many partners, particularly the Chesapeake Conservancy, we carry out visitor, conservation and restoration programs along the John Smith Chesapeake Trail. And we help convene and coordinate public access and conservation efforts throughout the watershed under the Chesapeake Bay Program and Chesapeake Executive Order.

Mission

The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office connects people to experiences of the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. We help to conserve special places important to visitors, residents, and the nation, for this and future generations.

Who We Are

We come in all shapes and sizes at the National Park Service Chesapeake Office. But there's one thing we share in common - a love of the Chesapeake region.
Chuck Hunt

Chuck Hunt

Superintendent
National Park Service

charles_hunt@nps.gov

Carolyn Black

Carolyn Black

Intern
Chesapeake Bay Trust

Carolyn_Black@partner.nps.gov

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell

Chief of Planning & Development
National Park Service

bob_campbell@nps.gov

Cindy Chance

Cindy Chance

Cultural Anthropologist
National Park Service

cindy_chance@nps.gov

Suzanne Copping

Suzanne Copping

Program Manager, Resource Stewardship and Partnerships
National Park Service

suzanne_copping@nps.gov

Jamie Cupples

Jamie Cupples

Administrative Officer
National Park Service

jamie_cupples@nps.gov

John Davy

John Davy

Outdoor Recreation Planner
National Park Service

john_davy@nps.gov

Jonathan Doherty

Jonathan Doherty

Assistant Superintendent
National Park Service

jonathan_doherty@nps.gov

Amy Handen

Amy Handen

Outdoor Recreation Planner
National Park Service

amy_handen@nps.gov

Jackie Kramer

Jackie Kramer

Outdoor Recreation Planner
National Park Service

jackie_kramer@nps.gov

Michael Land

Michael Land

Digital and Design
National Park Service

michael_land@nps.gov

Christine Lucero

Christine Lucero

Partnership Coordinator
National Park Service

christine_lucero@nps.gov

Kate Marks Hardy

Kate Marks Hardy

Visual Information Specialist
National Park Service

Kate_Marks@nps.gov

Megan McSwain

Megan McSwain

Communications Assistant
Chesapeake Conservancy

megan_mcswain@partner.nps.gov

Josh Montanari

Josh Montanari

Education, Youth and Volunteer Coordinator
National Park Service

joshua_montanari@nps.gov

Drew Pizzala

Drew Pizzala

Stewardship and Education Goal Team Staffer
Chesapeake Research Consortium

pizzalaa@chesapeake.org

Telva Reid

Telva Reid

Administrative Support Assistant
National Park Service

telva_reid@nps.gov

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