• The working watermen community of Tangier Island VA at sunset. Photo by Starke Jett.

    Chesapeake Bay

For Kids

A Chesapeake Youth Corps crew from Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation poses at Caledon State Park

A Chesapeake Youth Corps crew from NPS partner Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation poses at the gates of their work site at Caledon State Park.

Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

The Chesapeake Bay is a great place to be a kid -- no matter what age you are!

At ages 14 to 25, you can become involved in Youth Programs with the National Park Service Chesapeake Youth Corps partnership network.

At ages 4 to 12, you can become a Junior Ranger for the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail, or the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

You can play interactive games and take a trip with Captain John Smith or learn about the War of 1812 and the national anthem -- the Star-Spangled Banner -- or discover the Chesapeake with puzzles, games, and coloring books.

Did You Know?

One of the many wading birds found in the Bay watershed

The water in the Chesapeake Bay is surprisingly shallow. Although the Bay covers a large surface area, its average depth, including all tidal tributaries, is about 21 feet. In fact, a person who is six feet tall could wade through over 700,000 acres of the Bay and never get his or her hat wet.