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

    Chesapeake Bay


The Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Park Service has formal partnership agreements with two not-for-profit friends organizations. We encourage your support of these key partners in our work to enhance appreciation and enjoyment of the Chesapeake Bay and to foster the stewardship that will protect the Bay for future generations.

Friends of Chesapeake Bay Gateways

Friends of Chesapeake Gateways works to improve understanding, access, and conservation of the Chesapeake Bay region’s natural and cultural heritage. Our strategy is to seek solutions through partnerships, collaborating with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in an effort to increase stewardship capacity on all levels. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us expand our work in the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay Watershed, a national treasure.

Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail

Your tax-deductible donation to the Friends of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail will help us provide up-to-date information on the National Park Service’s trail planning process and on how you can participate. It will help us advocate for public access to the trail and the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers, and for the conservation of the Bay’s treasured landscapes—the places that provide the natural filters and habitat so vital to the Bay’s health and that give the Chesapeake its character.

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