New GeoStory Highlights National Parks in the Chesapeake

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument in Dorchester County, Maryland includes places significant to Tubman’s early years, and that evoke her life both while enslaved, and as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. Photo courtesy of the Dorchester County Tourism Department.

The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Monument. Photo courtesy of the Dorchester County Tourism Department.

The dog days of summer are here and many in the Mid-Atlantic are escaping to the Chesapeake’s waters for its miles of shorelines offering world-class fishing, boating, and beaches.

The Chesapeake landscape encompasses more than 50 national parks, and the health of these parks is directly linked to the health of the waters that flow through and around them. NPCA’s latest interactive web feature gives a guided tour of some of these historic, beautiful, and well-loved places while bringing to light some of the threats to the Chesapeake, its tributary rivers, and native plants and animals that depend on these places to thrive.

Learn more about the work you are helping to support around the region, including restoring the fragile urban wetlands at Fort McHenry, protecting prehistoric Atlantic Sturgeon in “America’s Founding River,” and connecting the migratory path of American shad to protect at-risk species from water pollution and development. NPCA and its partners are also helping to defend the area’s rich history by preserving and enhancing the recently established Fort Monroe National Monument and Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail to commemorate the region’s heritage and create new public access for recreation for generations to come.

Explore the Chesapeake GeoStory here:

About the Author

NPCA Cheapeake Field Representative Ed Stierli

Ed is the Chesapeake field representative for the Mid-Atlantic region and does grassroots outreach to connect communities with national parks. Passionate about connecting youth with the outdoors and conservation, he also leads the “Freedom to Float” campaign and is an active hiker and paddler. Find him on Twitter at @edstierli.