Saving the Bay through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration.


Bill Portlock and students stand in the grasses of Fox Island as they discuss the local ecosystem.

Bill Portlock/CBF Staff

Acclaimed Virginia Naturalist, Educator, and Photographer Bill Portlock Retires

Following a five-decade career advancing environmental education in Virginia and producing stunning nature photography, Bill Portlock retired earlier this month as Senior Educator for CBF.

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Five men and women help plant a tree.

Kenny Fletcher

Key Virginia Environment Bill Could Expand Tree Planting and Preservation

Legislation to allow Virginia counties and cities to better use trees to address flooding, reduce polluted runoff, and take steps to address the “heat island” effect, which is part of the legacy of past discriminatory lending practices, is expected to be heard in key House and Senate committees in the coming days.

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CBF Staff

CBF Applauds Biden Administration's Promising Start

CBF is thrilled the Biden administration has hit the ground running to reverse its predecessors’ dismal record of sidelining science, ignoring public health, and issuing flawed rules that undermine the intent of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws and the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint.

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Upcoming Events

The health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, supporters, and staff are our top priorities, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. For updates on CBF's activities and events, see our blog.

Tuesday, January 26

Go Grass-fed Cooking Show

This event has been cancelled
Registration Deadline: January 26
Tuesday, February 16

The Bay Act: Current, Past, and Future

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: February 16
Saturday, August 28

Bands in the Sand

5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Philip Merrill Environmental Center
Annapolis, Maryland

Where We Work

The Chesapeake Bay's 64,000-square-mile watershed covers parts of six states and is home to more than 18 million people.

CBF has programs in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Visit our locations to explore our offices, operations, and education centers.


Decades of Success: The 1970s

Even as a young organization, our work was effective and got noticed. Find out what we did.

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Do you enjoy working with others to help clean the Chesapeake Bay? Do you have a few hours to spare? Whether growing oysters, planting trees, or helping in our offices, there are plenty of ways you can contribute.

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