Two people paddle a shared kayak out of a marina and toward a wide open river, which is bordered on both sides by tree-covered hills.
(Will Parson/Chesapeake Bay Program)

Join us from June 1 to 9, 2024, for Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week! Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week is a time to celebrate the cultures, history and natural beauty of the nation's largest estuary. The week will include a wide variety of online and in-person events, volunteer opportunities and social media conversations so everyone can take part in celebrating the Chesapeake Bay.

History and purpose

In 2016, the Chesapeake Bay Commission worked with their legislative partners to formally designate nine days each June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. This timing was chosen to correspond with two long-running Bay events: Clean the Bay Day in Virginia and the Patuxent River Wade-In in Maryland. Each year, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia pass official proclamations in honor of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. Several local county and city governments have followed suit. Organizations and business are also encouraged to hold events, activities and volunteer opportunities during this time.

The Chesapeake Bay Program is honored to coordinate this annual event, and will share more information about our 2024 plans as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week approaches.


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Saturday, June 1, 2024

National Trails Day

Come on out on National Trails Day and get ready to have some fun!

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Woodland Warblers

Join us for a hike through the Civilian Conservations Corps Trail.

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Clean the Bay Day

This short, three-hour annual event has a massive cumulative impact. Since the event began in 1989, this Virginia tradition has engaged more than 165,500 volunteers who have removed approximately 7.18 million pounds of debris from more than 8,250 miles of shoreline.

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Family Walk at Woodend

Join Nature Forward Master Naturalist volunteers for a Family Walk.

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Kids Fishing Tournament

Enjoy a morning of family fun, fish, learn about the Potomac River, and maybe win a trophy!

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River Kayak Tour

Come experience the beautiful James River on this guided kayak tour.

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Mysteries of the Marsh Canoe

Discover the abundant wildlife and plants at the wetlands of Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.

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Juneteenth in the Park

Join us for an exciting and inclusive bird watching program as we celebrate Black Birders Week.

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Canoe Birding Paddle to Wade Island

Enjoy a front row seat to one of nature’s greatest shows as we guide you past Wade Island, one of the largest nesting islands for wading birds in Pennsylvania.

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Park Clean-up

Join Councilmember Natali Fani-González for a park cleanup and receive SSL hours!

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Woodlawn Manor House Tour

The Woodlawn Manor House reopens to the public after a four-year closure.

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Marine Science Day

Join us for our 22nd annual Marine Science Day!

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Community Tree Care

Join Casey Trees as we care for trees and control invasive species at the Langdon Park Forest Patch!

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The Red Rock Fiddler

Sit back and relax under the trees as the park welcomes Jim Weiss on banjo, fiddle, and guitar.

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Busy Beavers!

Come out and show off your beaver knowledge (or educated guesses) in game show style!

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CSI: Animal Investigations

There's mischief makers around! Can you uncover which animals are causing chaos at Cherry Springs?

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Snakes of Pennsylvania

Join the park naturalist to learn about the different snakes in Pennsylvania.

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Let's Talk Elk

Join PA Game Commission Elk Biologist, Jeremy Banfield, for a presentation on elk information, research, and management.

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Campfire Tales: Tales from the Trails

Join the park naturalist around the campfire to hear some mild ghost tales of from the trails in the surrounding area.

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Special Dark Sky Program (Astronomy)

Learn more about the importance of dark skies while we explore our vast and endless universe with our telescopes.

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Night Sky Tour and Telescopes

Experience the wonder of the night sky at Cherry Springs State Park through a laser-guided tour conducted by park staff.

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Celebrate on social media

Join businesses, community organizations, local leaders and nature enthusiasts from across the watershed as we celebrate the Chesapeake Bay on social media.

This year, the theme of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week is “Unsung Heroes of the Chesapeake Bay.” We're breaking the 9 days up into two different sub themes.

June 1-5 | Habitat Heroes: Nature’s Silent Protectors

Blue crabs, oysters and rockfish are some of the Bay's most iconic species—but what about the hundreds of other plant and animal species? From June 1-5, celebrate the lesser-known wildlife of the region, from American persimmon to Chesapeake logperch.

June 6-9 | Tide Turners: Recognizing Bay Advocates

The Chesapeake Bay watershed is full of amazing people who make this a special place to live in and visit. From June 6-9, highlight all the unsung people of the region, like farmers, conservationists, business owners, seafood harvesters and other Bay advocates.

Need ideas for your social posts? We've also created a list of sub themes you can follow.

  • June 1- Kicking off Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week
  • June 2- The science behind Chesapeake Bay restoration
  • June 3- The benefits of environmental protection
  • June 4- Rivers, streams and lands of the Chesapeake Bay watershed
  • June 5- Wildlife and land conservation
  • June 6- Wildlife and land conservation
  • June 7- Forest protection and tree planting
  • June 8- Indigenous communities of the Chesapeake
  • June 9- Highlighting Individuals Chesapeake Bay advocates

Social media toolkit

Our social media toolkit includes sample posts, graphics and relevant content you can share throughout the nine days. Don’t forget to use #ChesapeakeBayAwarenessWeek when posting about the event!

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Review our collection of Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week photographs to use for social media posts, event materials, and other communications. Refer to our Terms of Use page for proper citation.

Virtual Background

Join us in celebrating Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week with a virtual background! You can use this background on all virtual meeting platforms.

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