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The War of 1812 Lecture Series: Songs, Indian Viewpoints & Images

Written in Bone

Maple Syrup? Pour it On.

Chesapeake Bay Profiles: Favorite Wintertime Activities

Are you going stir crazy? Need to get out of the house and shake your bones? Out of ideas for where to go or what to do? The National Park Service in the Chesapeake Bay region has many friends connected to the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network. We asked...

The Bay Journal staff wishes you a happy holiday season

Season’s Greetings. We at Bay Journal wish you all happy holidays and a propitious New Year!

Thank you for your interest in our work, your letters to the editor, comments on coverage, and financial support (it keeps us going and is always welcome).

Have a healthy and safe holiday season, then join us in the New Year as we continue to explore the conservation issues facing the...

Out & About the Chesapeake

Fall ushers in the oysters, and oyster lovers can celebrate at two signature festivals in the Chesapeake region.

News in Brief

Star-Spangled Banner Weekend in Baltimore

Fort McHenry in Baltimore will host a three-day encampment with more than 100 War of 1812 re-enactors, parades, military bands, fireworks, a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment and much more Sept. 13–15.

Events begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13 with a musket and cannon firing salute from Federal Hill. After the ceremony, the re-enactors will...

Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race

Every fall, a fleet of schooners — large and small, new and old — gather in Baltimore to celebrate Chesapeake Bay heritage and race down the Bay to Portsmouth. With a day of sail parade in Baltimore, a start off Annapolis, and events at the finish in Portsmouth, VA, the event is for anyone interested in schooners, Bay history or a spectacle reminiscent of the age of sail.


Downrigging Weekend

It began as a small event to mark the end of the schooner Sultana's sailing season; now Downrigging Weekend has grown to become one of the largest tall ship and wooden boat festivals on the East Coast, complete with activities for the whole family spaced over a long weekend in Chestertown, MD. One highlight is the opportunity to sail on one of the ships.

Now in its 13th year,...

B-WET, which funds students’ Bay education, faces elimination

The Bay Watershed Education and Training program, which helps develop programs to provide Chesapeake region students with outdoor environmental education experiences, would face elimination under the budget proposed by President Obama in April.

The budget calls for funding for B-WET and a number of other programs aimed at promoting science, technology, engineering and math...

Chesapeake Bay stewardship grants available

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will award between $8 million and $10 million late this summer in grants from its Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund for projects that restore habitat and improve water quality in the Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

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