National Park Service to sponsor Regional Meetings for Chesapeake Bay Partners

The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and its partner Chesapeake Conservancy invite you to attend one of four regional meetings taking place in January, 2011.

Technical and financial assistance from the National Park Service can have a significant impact on the work of state and local governments and non-profit organizations. To be most effective, NPS can’t operate in a vacuum . . . we need to ask you about our work, what we can do better, and what we can do for you.

The meeting agenda is simple: NPS will give brief overviews of our work in the Chesapeake region. This includes the Captain John Smith Chesapeake and the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trails, the Chesapeake Bay Gateways and Watertrails Network, and our work with public access and stewardship opportunities as part of the federal strategy for Bay restoration. Chesapeake Conservancy will share highlights of their recent projects that support these initiatives.

Next, we hope you’ll take the lead, sharing your thoughts about how National Park Service projects impact you, how they all interrelate, and how we can move forward together to serve the public.

Finally, we’ll share an important new online resource built to help your site staff develop effective interpretive materials. Our new “Interpretive Toolkit” will debut at these regional meetings.

Here are the dates and locations:

January 18 – Watermen’s Museum [Yorktown, VA]

January 20 – Susquehanna State Park [Havre de Grace, MD]

January 25 – Kings Landing Park [Huntingtown, MD]

January 27 – Trap Pond State Park [Laurel, DE]

Thanks to all our host sites for generously sharing their space with us for these events.

Meetings begin at 1:00 pm and end at 4:45 pm. There is no registration fee. Register by sending your name, organization, and contact information to emahoney@chesapeakeconservancy.org. Please include your cell phone number or other means of contact in case of inclement weather on the day of the event.

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