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

    Chesapeake Bay

Youth Programs at National Park Service Chesapeake Bay

Caledon work crew at NWR

The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Youth Conservation Corps crew at Caledon State Park on the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.


Chesapeake Youth Corps is a partnership network of federal, state, and local agencies, and non-profit organizations that employ and engage young people in conservation and restoration projects in the Chesapeake Bay region. While the individual youth programs have been long established, the partnership network connecting them is a fairly new innovation.

Read the report summarizing the NPS Chesapeake Youth Corps program accomplishments in 2013.

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.