Imagine a network
of linked natural, cultural, historical and recreational sites throughout
the Chesapeake Bay region. Think of visiting these places to learn
about the Bay's diverse stories, experience its history and enjoy
its natural beauty. You might travel from one site to another paddling
a water trail, riding on a ferry or driving a scenic tour route.
Perhaps you would volunteer some time helping restore a wetland
or an historic site. You would easily find information about Bay-related
sites, stories, and adventures through a series of Bay Gateways.
In effect, this network would become your guide and your entry point
to experiencing and learning about the Chesapeake Bay.
This is the
vision of the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network. The partnership Network
of sites will evolve over time, adding sites, information and new
routes to explore the Bay Region.
understand and appreciate the Chesapeake Bay through this Network
of special places is more than just tourism. Every person who lives,
works or visits the region affects the Bay. Linking the places people
value to an understanding of the Bay as a system is an integral
part of the effort to conserve and restore the Bay's natural environment.
Changing how people perceive the Bay by interpreting its resources
is a meaningful step toward creating a broader commitment to Bay
restoration and conservation. This is a fundamental aspect of the
Gateways Network vision.