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Immerse yourself in Dumbarton Oaks Park

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The Japanese have a practice translated in English as “forest bathing,” in which people immerse themselves in a forest as a preventative health measure.

Studies have shown tremendous benefits of this practice, including lower blood pressure, reduced stress and improved sleep, which in turn promote better focus, a boosted immune system and higher energy levels.

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John Smith Chesapeake Trail celebrates 10 years

As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year, we are also celebrating the 10th anniversary of a national park we have right here in our collective backyard, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail....

Wye Island is a great place to explore by land, water

Wye Island in Queen Anne’s County, MD, is one of my favorite places in the world. In the mid-1970s, this beautiful place was nearly lost to the public. Plans to turn the island into a housing development failed to come to fruition...

Chart your paddle route with a virtual tour

Outside, the wind is rattling cold rain against my windows. But inside, I’m warm enough and thinking of my kayak, spring breezes, a serene stretch of river and the next section of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic...

Harriet Tubman National Park

In December, Congress enacted and the president signed a law to create the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and a sister park in New York. The parks honor Tubman, who became a...

Fones Cliff-hanger

Capt. John Smith may, or may not have been the first “tourist” to see Fones Cliffs on the Rappahannock River; there were Spaniards in the Chesapeake before him. But he was the first that we know of who wrote about them. On...

Envision the Susquehanna

Otsego Lake and the hills around Cooperstown, NY, don’t look anything like the salt marshes and sand dunes of the lower Chesapeake Bay, but in my mind, I think of the almost 650-mile stretch of water that connects the two as one big...


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About Conservation Matters

Chesapeake Conservancy Executive Director Joel Dunn provides observations about the importance of land conservation in protecting the the natural, historic and cultural identity of the Chesapeake Bay region.

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