Vision & Mission


We believe the Chesapeake is a national treasure that should be healthy, accessible to everyone, and its watershed a place where people and wildlife thrive.


To conserve and restore the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

We serve as a catalyst for change, advancing strong public and private partnerships, developing and using new technology, and empowering environmental stewardship.


  • Implement Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail (Chesapeake Trail) and Chesapeake Bay Gateways & Watertrails Network in partnership with the National Park Service
  • Quantify the conservation movement and empower environmental stewards
  • Defend and expand conservation, recreation and restoration programs
  • Enhance collaboration and leverage partnerships
  • Develop replicable approaches