Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week

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Various events across Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia

The fourth annual Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week is June 1–9. It's a time that prompts us to think on our connections to this vast watershed—the impacts we have on it's health and beauty and the impact it has on our economy and quality of life.

In 2016, the Chesapeake Bay Commission championed the notion of designating the second week of June as Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week. Legislation establishing the special week was enacted in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. It encourages us all to celebrate the Chesapeake Bay with events, activities, and educational programs designed to raise awareness of the importance of this national treasure.

Here a just a few ways you can join in the celebration this year:

June 1

  • Clean the Bay Day, Virginia
    Join thousands of Virginians working together to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay by removing litter and debris from its rivers and streams at hundreds of sites all across the Commonwealth.

  • Oyster Planting, Maryland
    Come along on an oyster planting trip leaving from the Downtown Sailing Center in Baltimore.

  • Clean Water Concert: Patrick Albán and Noche Latina, Maryland
    Enjoy a free, family-friendly celebration to both celebrate our community and raise awareness about what we can do to help restore health to local rivers.

  • Pennsylvania Student Leadership Canoe Classic
    High school students from across the Keystone State team up and put their canoeing skills to the test against other high school teams.

June 6

  • Northern Virginia VoiCeS
    Sign up for our signature multi-week adult education program providing in-depth classroom and field sessions in Northern Virginia.

June 7

  • Shell Shaking, Maryland
    Help the CBF Oyster Restoration crew prepare oyster shells for the upcoming restoration season.

June 8

Can't make it to one of our events? Check out the Chesapeake Bay Program event calendar for more events run by our partners!

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