There are many
communities and institutions with resources to share, stories to
tell and interest in becoming part of the Gateways Network. New
Gateways are being added regularly. If you are interested in nominating
a potential Gateway to the Network, here is how the nomination process
Joining the Network is a
three-step process involving:
The managing institution of a potential Gateway proposes an addition
to the Network by submitting a nomination package to the National
Park Service. Nomination packages may be submitted at any time,
by local, state or Federal agencies or non-profit organizations.
Within 60 days of receiving a completed nomination package, the
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network Working Group reviews the nomination
and determines whether the proposed Gateway is an appropriate
addition to the Network.
- Designation: Based on the Working Group's review, the designation
of a new Gateway is made by the National Park Service. Designated Gateways
enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Park Service outlining
mutual commitments to foster cohesive development
of the Gateways Network.
There are a
few key steps in preparing a nomination:
- Familiarize yourself
with the Gateways Network Framework
to get a feeling for the Network and its goals. Please note that a few aspects
of the Framework have been updated since publication, particularly the characteristics
of certain types of Gateways and the nomination process. This website contains
the most up-to-date information.
- Review descriptions
of the types of Gateways
and Chesapeake Bay interpretive
themes contained on this website. Understanding the best fit between the
place you are considering nominating and these characteristics is very important.
- Determine which of the
four types of Gateways you believe your location best fits. You are strongly
advised to contact National
Park Service staff to discuss your proposal in advance of submitting a
- Prepare and submit a
complete nomination package using the instructions and appropriate nomination
form shown on this page.
- Gateway Sites
- Water Trails,
Trails, Byways and Other Connecting Routes