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From the Field

Featured Events This Week

Looking for something fun to do? Learn about a bunch of upcoming events we've hand selected from around the Chesapeake region.

October 15, 2017

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Top places to go paddling with kids on the Potomac River

The idea of canoeing or kayaking with kids may seem daunting ‒ you need the right equipment, and safety precautions are paramount. But there are many places on the Potomac River where paddlers of all ages can take off with ease.

October 11, 2017

Featured Tour

Watermen in the Middle Bay (Driving Tour)

This tour takes visitors to three sites where they can learn about oyster dredgers and the oystering industry, visit the 1860s home of a buyboat captain, and learn about a waterman’s neighborhood that thrived until the 1960s.

October 3, 2017


Blue Ridge Parkway’s distracting diversity

The Blue Ridge Parkway, which some have dubbed “America’s favorite road trip” is a 469-mile blend of nature, history and culture that connects Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on the North Carolina-Tennessee border.

September 25, 2017

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Learning How to Build a Boat

From dories and deadrises to bugeyes and buyboats, a diverse array of boats were birthed in the Chesapeake region. Though the heyday of boatbuilding has passed, there are still many places where you can learn about these ships and their stories. The Bay’s fabled boatbuilding tradition is yours to explore at the top places for learning how to build a boat.

September 11, 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

Chesapeake Insider

Lara Lutz, Writer

Lara Lutz is a writer who has worked as a writer and editor dealing with environmental issues and heritage in the Chesapeake Bay watershed for a variety of organizations and publications since 1995.

August 21, 2017

Featured Tour

Watermen in the Southern Bay (Driving Tour)

This tour visits three sites in the lower half of the Chesapeake to explore the history of the men who followed the menhaden fishery, the culture of traditional Virginia watermen, and an island community built around the watermen’s life.

August 14, 2017

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Taking Your Dog for a Walk

Our furry friends love the outdoors, too. So when you’re planning a day out in the Chesapeake region, pick a place where your pets are welcome to join in on the fun!

August 11, 2017

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Getting Your Hands Wet and Muddy

Wet, muddy hands might spell trouble in some places, but on the Chesapeake Bay they mean one thing: a sign of a great day! Let us help you get out there and find a place to connect with the Chesapeake - up close and personal.

July 31, 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

Chesapeake Insider

Ann Graziano

Ann Graziano is the president of the Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends, an independent nonprofit group of individuals dedicated to supporting the National Wildlife Refuge System and promoting awareness of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

July 17, 2017

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