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The Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network has something for everyone - from special parks and museums to historic communities, land and water trails. Each month, the Network highlights some of its sites that offer you a unique look at life on the Chesapeake. These thematic lists can help you explore the Network and experience your Chesapeake.

Exploring Chesapeake Bay Stewardship

Explore Your ChesapeakeEveryone who lives in or visits the Chesapeake Bay watershed can help in its restoration, conservation and preservation. Visit these Gateways to learn more about the Bay’s natural resources and current efforts to preserve them.

Mathews County Visitor & Information Center - Mathews, VA
The Mathews County Visitor & Information Center is located in the historic district of Mathews, Virginia. In addition to providing assistance to visitors, the Center encourages Bay stewardship at the grassroots level. The Center provides the opportunity to experience Bay conservation and restoration first-hand, as well as gain insight as to the Middle Peninsula’s vast Bay habitats, preserves, water trails, public and scenic access points, and ecotourism opportunities.

Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (UMCES) - Solomons, MD
Founded in 1925, and now part of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory performs research on the Chesapeake Bay and other marine systems. At the visitor center, visitors can learn about on-going research efforts to monitor the health and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, fisheries and other coastal issues.

Pickering Creek Audubon Center - Easton, MD
With more than 400 acres of forests, fields and shoreline on the Eastern Shore, Pickering Creek Audubon Center provides a natural environment for learning about the Chesapeake Bay. Visitors can explore the preserve along nature trails looking for bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, herons, ospreys, owls, bluebirds, purple martins and many more species of birds. Or, participate in programs on Bay ecology, traditional crafts and much more.

Patuxent Research Refuge - National Wildlife Visitor Center - Laurel, MD
With the mission to conserve and protect wildlife and habitat, the Patuxent Research Refuge is the nation’s only National Wildlife Refuge established to support wildlife research. The refuge includes the National Wildlife Visitor Center, which features exhibits about various aspects of wildlife conservation both in the Chesapeake and across the nation.

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge - Rock Hall, MD
Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is an island refuge at the confluence of the Chester River and the Chesapeake Bay. This refuge provides a wonderful example of conservation with different varieties of Chesapeake Bay habitats, including 1000 acres of tidal marsh, 600 acres of upland forest, and 600 acres of croplands managed for wildlife and as a demonstration of Bay-friendly agricultural techniques.

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