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Take Action

Welcome to the Chesapeake Bay Program Take Action section. Here you can find a bunch of ways to connect with the Chesapeake Bay and all it offers.

How to Construct a Compost Pile

Composting is a cost-effective way to remove organic matter from the waste cycle and reduce your carbon footprint. Once you create compost, it can be used to feed your household and garden plants.


For Bay restoration to be a success, we all must do our part. Our everyday actions - from fertilizing our lawns and using water to driving our cars to work and school - have a major impact on the Bay, one that can't be fixed by government and non-profit restoration partners alone. By making simple changes in our lives, each one of us can take part in restoring the Bay and its rivers for future generations to enjoy.

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Improve Wildlife Habitat

Plant a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs in your yard to attract different kinds of wildlife.

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Start an Environmental Club

Start or join an environmental club at your school to help raise awareness of Bay-related issues.

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Use Pesticides Properly

Never use more pesticides than you need. Take care to store chemicals properly so containers do not leak.

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Conserve Water

Instead of sprinklers, use soaker hoses or drip irrigation to water your lawn and garden.

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Reduce Polluted Runoff

Apply no more than the recommended amount of deicer to melt ice on your steps or driveway.

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Fix Car Leaks

Fix car leaks so engine fluids like oil and antifreeze don't drip onto the ground and run off into local waterways.

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Be Bay-Friendly at Work

Encourage your coworkers to be Bay-friendly by packing trash-free lunches, recycling office paper or using less water and electricity.

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Turn Off the Faucet

Turn off the faucet while you shave, brush your teeth and wash dishes. Save water and the Bay.

Attend an event

Find a fun and exciting Bay-related event to attend with this list of upcoming events happening across the Chesapeake watershed. Events range from nature workshops for children and families to bird walks to restoration activities like trash clean-ups and invasive plant removals.

14th Annual Summer Concert Series

07/24/2014 Annapolis Maritime Museum (Annapolis,Maryland) - Concerts will be presented weekly, on Thursdays, starting June 19th and ending on August 7th. Come enjoy this free event against the incomparable back-drop of the Chesapeake Bay. Beer, wine, signature cocktails, and food, will be available for

Sail on the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester

07/26/2014 Nathan of Dorchester (Cambridge,Maryland) - Experience a 2-hour sail on the scenic Choptank River on the last skipjack built for oyster dredging. Watch the crew dredge for oysters with a hand dredge, and see what comes onboard. Help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary!

Dee of St. Mary's Public Sail

07/26/2014 Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons,Maryland) - Experience the Patuxent River aboard an historic Chesapeake workboat. Enjoy a two-hour public sail aboard the Dee of St. Mary's skipjack leaving from the Lore Oyster House. Fee is $25, 12 and up, $15 for children 8 - 12 years. No children under 8 please.

Elk River Exploration

07/27/2014 Elk Neck State Park (North East,Maryland) - Explore the banks of Turkey Point by paddling the Elk River. Along the way learn to identify some of the animals that call this watery habitat home. $20 per canoe or tandem kayak and $15 per single kayak. Have your own canoe or kayak bring it along for ju

Under the Sun Tour

07/27/2014 Calvert Marine Museum (Solomons,Maryland) - Sunday, July 27 - Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Uncle Kracker and the Gin Blossoms Gates open 4:00 p.m. Showtime: 5:30 p.m. Fun for the whole family! Hits include: "Hey Jealousy," "When It's Over," "Smile," and "All Star." Tickets are $39 and $49 and available

Join a group

See our directory of watershed organizations that includes contact information for more than 600 nonprofit organizations that are actively working to restore and conserve natural resources and create sustainable communities across the Chesapeake watershed.

watershed orgs

Looking to join a watershed organization near you? Enter your address below to find out what groups are doing great things to restore and protect the environment in your locality.

Visit the Chesapeake

Summer Recreation - Summers are made for recreation and relaxation on the Chesapeake. Join the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network at some of the most beautiful and scenic areas in the nation for boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, bird watching and other leisure activities. Take a walk along land trails and marvel in the beauty of the Bay watershed.

Anacostia Park

Anacostia Park provides extraordinary coverage of the Anacostia River, encompassing 1200 acres along five miles of the river. This urban Washington DC park, once the home of the Nacotchtank Indians and later prosperous farmers, is now a multi-use recreational park with extensive shoreline access.

Chippokes Plantation State Park

Located along the James River in Surry, Virginia, Chippokes Plantation State Park is a living historical exhibit, which has kept its original boundaries since the 1600s. Chippokes has a wide variety of traditional park offerings, including a swimming complex, visitor center, picnic facilities, and hiking and biking trails.

Elk Neck State Park

With more than 2,188 acres of sandy beaches, marshlands and heavily wooded bluffs on Maryland's Western Shore, Elk Neck State Park has activities that every member of the family can enjoy. Hike up one of the many trails, take a swim in the river, or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park area.

North Point State Park

Hike or bike down a trail at North Point State Park on Maryland's Western Shore and observe local wildlife, including muskrats, beavers, foxes, otters, ospreys, great blue herons, waterfowl, songbirds, raptors, and bald eagles. You also can fish, flatwater canoe, or sail on the Chesapeake.

Sandy Point State Park

Swimming, fishing, crabbing, boating, and windsurfing are available at Sandy Point State Park on Maryland's Western Shore at the base of the Bay Bridge. The Park also is equipped with beautiful beaches and picnic areas for the whole family to enjoy.

See more places to visit.

Public Access

Public access points are places anyone can visit to swim, hike, paddle or simply enjoy the history and natural beauty of the Chesapeake. Providing access to natural areas helps the public build a connection with the rivers, forests and wildlife of the Bay watershed. Check out our interactive map with over 1000 public access points around the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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