The National Park Service’s Bay Gateways Network recently announced the addition of two new sites, bringing the number of parks, refuges, historic ports, museums and trails participating in the network to 108.

The new sites include:

Nassawango Creek Preserve and Furnace Town in Worcester County, MD. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, the preserve protects 3,900 acres along one of the most pristine Eastern Shore waterways, and contains 12 species of warblers, bald cypress swamps and other natural communities. The adjacent Furnace Town is a living history museum telling the story of a 19th century iron-making village dependent on the creek, Pocomoke River and Chesapeake Bay for transporting its projects. The two sites have a joint visitor center.

Fort Washington Park in southern Prince Georges County, MD. The 341-acre park, managed by the National Park Service, shows how people have used the site over hundreds of years, much of it for defending the nation’s capital from naval attacks coming up the river from the Bay. It is also a popular recreational site, with extensive natural areas and programs.

The Gateways Network is a partnership of sites managed by various organizations, each of which tells a part of the multifaceted Chesapeake story. Together, as a network, they provide a way for people to experience and understand the Bay as a whole.

For information, visit the Gateways Network web site at www.baygateways.net