Getting Ready for 2016
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. To us, it's not about cakes and candles — it's about being an organization ready to take on the challenges of our second century. Our blueprint to get there — A Call to Action — outlines the innovative work we want to accomplish. Assateague Island National Seashore is a big part of this effort. Take a look at what we're doing locally and get involved!
Since 2008, Assateague Island National Seashore has been actively filling ditches, originally dug to drain wetlands and control mosquito populations. Research indicates otherwise and the restored wetlands allows for better and slower filtration, as well as natural habitat for animals that eat mosquitos. Read more
Assateague Island National Seashore held its first Assateague Adventure Academy for elementary and middle summer students from Worcester County, Maryland. One hundred and forty five summer school students and teachers visited the island once a week for four weeks to take part in a variety of immersive programs which included kayaking, hiking, mole crab surveys and more. Read more
People have long relied on Assateague Island for survival, livelihood, community, and enjoyment. Those who have spent time on and around the island have changed it and been changed by it. Read more
Did You Know?
Prickly pear cactus is native to dry, sandy areas on Assateague Island. American Indians applied peeled pads to wounds and drank pad tea for lung ailments. Fruits were eaten fresh or dried for winter use.