Find Your Chesapeake: The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

We are fortunate to live in a beautiful part of the country with many places to explore. There are so many interesting things to do within a short drive from home that it can be overwhelming to plan. To make things a little easier, Attraction has partnered with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and Chesapeake Conservancy to help readers find their next adventure. Each month we’ll feature a new place from their helpful website, There, you can also sign up for an e-newsletter, Trips and Tips, that delivers fresh ideas to your inbox each week.

Ready to try something new? At, also find expert advice on experiences like birdwatching, fishing, camping, and hiking. Their team also developed content to help people explore the Chesapeake virtually so folks can stay safe at home during the pandemic.

This month the spotlight is on the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) in Queen Anne’s County. Located in Grasonville, this environmental center works to promote environmental stewardship through education, habitat restoration, and conservation. With 510 acres of land, visitors can find plenty of room to hike, bike, paddle, picnic, and more.

Special programming in August is extra family friendly. Find out what is swimming, crawling, and flying in a series of mini classes. This is a great opportunity for children ages 6 to 10 years old (and accompanying adult) to learn about turtles, fish, birds of prey, horseshoe crabs, oysters, bugs, and slugs. Classes begin on August 4 and continue through the end of the month. Consider spending a morning splashing around and identifying swimming critters during one of the Center’s six Seining Days sessions. Visit to register.

Photographs courtesy of Vicki Paulas.

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