Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay

We Can Make
a Difference

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and one of the largest in the entire world. With waters that lap at the very foundations of the Aquarium's main buildings, the Bay's importance to the Aquarium and to the cities of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., cannot be overstated. 

17 million people live in areas that drain into the Chesapeake Bay. They come from Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and as far north as New York. The impact of so many people on the health of the Bay is immense. Pollution, overfishing, development, and the introduction of invasive species are real threats to a healthy bay, but so are activities we all do every day.

The Aquarium strives to foster a sense of community responsibility and participation in the preservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay by providing opportunities for conservation action.

The Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) provides volunteers like you with hands-on opportunities to help restore habitats, learn about watershed dynamics, and develop the knowledge and skills to serve as participants or leaders in environmental stewardship. Learn more about how you can get involved with Conservation Events. 

See results of our projects in the Chesapeake Bay watershed:

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November 18th, 2014- Eastern Neck NWR Tree Planting

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Annually, the National Aquarium mobilizes thousands of volunteers to restore coastal ecosystems in the Chesapeake Bay and worldwide. Help us keep our conservation program strong.