Partner collaboration is fundamental to the work of the National Park Service in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Everything we do -- interpretation and education, youth engagement, conservation, improving public access -- is achieved with others.
Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network (CBGN) is an extensive partnership network of 172 parks, wildlife refuges, historic sites, museums, communities, water and land trails, and other places throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed that connect people with the authentic Chesapeake. The National Park Service coordinates CBGN and helps the designated Gateways provide interpretation, education, and access to Chesapeake Bay places and stories.
National historic trails are partnership endeavors, spanning vast distances and involving many different jurisdictions and organizations. The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay office manages a national historic trail in collaboration with many partners.
An early partner supporting the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay is the Chesapeake Conservancy in Annapolis, MD. A close partnership with the Conservancy advances the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, large landscape conservation, and heritage tourism development.
Landscape conservation partners work with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay on several initiatives to strengthen the network of partners and accomplish more good work together than would be done separately. Read about our collaborative work throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed here.
Improving public access to the Chesapeake Bay and rivers is an important goal to helping citizens and visitors enjoy opportunities at the water's edge. A partnership of representatives from each watershed state and the District of Columbia are working together to expand public access with 300 additional sites by the year 2025. Read about the partnership work here.