The programs of the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office are highly interrelated in nature, all serving the same mission of connecting people to experiences of the Chesapeake’s natural and cultural heritage and conserving important places in the watershed.

In 2012, the NPS Chesapeake Bay Office completed:

  • Promotional and planning materials related to the launch of the Star- Spangled Banner National Historical Trail in July of 2012
  • Multiple signage projects resulting in scores of interpretive panel and orienta- tion kiosks installed along land and water for both national trails
  • A new NPS Unigrid pocket guide for exploring the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail
  • A travel and historical guide In Full Glory Reflected: Discovering the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake, trail kick-off events, junior ranger programming, kid-friendly web pages with information on the War of 1812
  • An interpretive assistance workshop for Star-Spangled Banner Trail partners
  • Professional development training for teachers
  • Development of a Conservation Strategy for the Captain John Smith Chesa- peake National Historic Trail
  • Designation by the Secretary of the Interior of four new “historic connecting components of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail” extending the trail up the Susquehanna, James, Nanticoke and Chester Rivers
  • Youth Conservation Corps projects along both national trails
  • Implementation of multiple projects along the John Smith Trail called for in the James River Segment Plan, including new signage and public access sites
  • New map/guides to the Sassafras and Chester River segments of the John Smith Trail

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