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Join us from June 4 to 12, 2022 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. During the week, there are a wide variety of online and in-person events, volunteer opportunities and social media conversations for everyone to take part in to celebrate 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 Bernie Fowler’s 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 over the years, marking their own observance of the Bay. Organizations and business are encouraged to hold events, activities and volunteer opportunities during this time to celebrate the uniqueness of the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay Program is honored to help coordinate and play a role in this annual event.

Join us in celebrating Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week 2022!

The theme for Chesapeake Bay Awarness Week 2022 is "Restoration Brings Results." We will be celebrating restoration projects that are being implemented throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

Daily themes

  • Saturday, June 4: How are you connected to the Chesapeake Bay?
  • Sunday, June 5: Tree canopy & forest buffers
  • Monday, June 6: Green infrastructure
  • Tuesday, June 7: Oyster and mussel restoration
  • Wednesday, June 8: Wetlands
  • Thursday, June 9: Agricultural projects
  • Friday, June 10: Stream restoration
  • Saturday, June 11: Public access
  • Sunday, June 12: Looking to the future

Join us on social media

Join environmental groups, community organizations, businesses, local leaders and nature enthusiasts from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed as we celebrate the event over social media. Participating social media channels can use the following resources to join in the fun:

Social media tool kit

Included in our social media toolkit are sample posts, social media graphics and relevant content you can share throughout the nine days. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BayAwarenessWeek when posting about the event!

Download our social media tool kit

Photos and Videos

Participants are welcome to use our collection of photos and videos to produce social media content. Please credit photos or videos to the Chesapeake Bay Program in your posts!

Use our Photos and Videos Page

How to participate

If you are an organization or individual hosting an event during Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week and would like it promoted on our events calendar, please fill out our event form. If you have any questions regarding Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, please contact us at: