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.
Rain barrels collect and store a portion of the rainwater that runs out of a downspout or off of a roof, keeping this runoff out of our rivers and streams. This water is unsafe for drinking, but can be used to water plants or wash cars.
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.
“Grasscycle” Lawn ClippingsInstead of fertilizing, leave leftover grass clippings on your lawn for a natural source of nitrogen.
Reduce Pesticide UseMake your own garden insect repellents using common household items like garlic, vinegar and cooking oil.
Start an Environmental ClubStart or join an environmental club at your school to help raise awareness of Bay-related issues.
Know Your GrassIdentify the grass growing in your yard so you can care for it properly. For example, cool-season grasses are best fertilized in fall.
Fish ResponsiblyPractice proper catch-and-release fishing techniques to avoid harming and killing the Bay's fish.
Use Chemical-Free Personal ProductsUse chemical-free lotions, cosmetics and perfumes to keep chemicals from washing off of our bodies and into our waterways.
Improve Wildlife HabitatPlant a wide variety of plants, trees and shrubs in your yard to attract different kinds of wildlife.
Reduce Polluted RunoffBring your car to a car wash instead of washing it at home. Car washes often clean and recycle wash water.
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.
04/26/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - Choose from an array of beautiful plants and many other native trees, shrubs and perennials for a variety of gardening sites and styles. The Virginia Living Museum's horticulture staff holds this annual sale as a fund-raiser, but the real goal is to intro
04/26/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - The Virginia Living Museum celebrates Earth Day with special activities for our animals and guests. Observe the animals as they receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. The red wolves and coyotes may devour ice
04/26/2014 Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine (Baltimore,Maryland) - Give a day for the Bay! Join the Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) for a debris cleanup and tree planting at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. It's the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, and to participate in Project Clea
04/29/2014 Virginia Living Museum (Newport News,Virginia) - The Virginia Living Museum and the Virginia Zoo are planning a classic safari to Kenya Nov. 5-15, 2014. Organized by Classic Escapes, the trip includes the services of an East African naturalist and is escorted by Greg Bockheim, executive director of the
05/03/2014 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!