30 May Not Your Traditional Park
The National Park Service (NPS) Chesapeake office in Annapolis, Maryland serves as the backbone organization of different sites across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. If you’re unfamiliar with the Chesapeake Bay, it is the nation’s largest estuary! With a land-to-water ratio of 14:1, its watershed expands across the state of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York. Since the year 2000, the NPS Chesapeake office has helped conserve land and special places on the watershed through the Chesapeake Gateways Network. Through this network, important sites along the watershed can seek financial assistance and overall support. Being an intern out of this office is unique and definitely not like your traditional park!
sOME OF OUR coMMUNITY pARTNERS
Let me introduce you to some of the community partners I will be working with this summer!
Seafarers YACHT CLUB
This past week, I had the honor of meeting the Seafarers Yacht Club, one of the oldest operational Black yacht clubs in the United States. The club was established at a time when black boaters were denied being captains or fuel for their boats. Today, they reside in Annapolis, Maryland, promoting seamanship and community service. NPS Chesapeake Supports the club’s programs for Sea Scouts, a subdivision of the Boy Scouts of America. I will be joining them this summer through their planned cruises and fishing boats, where the club explores the Chesapeake Bay with the Sea Scouts and the club’s members.
Baltimore, Maryland is known for many things, but did you know it was ranked one of the nation’s wildlife friendliest cities in the country? That is thanks to sites like Masonville Cove, industrial wasteland transformed into an accessible green space for city-folk. This urban wildlife refuge resides by the Patapsco River, which has a history of pollution due to the large number of industries surrounding the waterfront. Masonville Cove has two fishing piers and a recently new bird banding station that is open to the public! I will be helping facilitate their fishing programs as well as joining their birding programs.