Vision & Mission


The Chesapeake Conservancy envisions a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed where fish and wildlife thrive, and everyone enjoys healthy waters and abundant forests, wetlands, shorelines, and open spaces; as immortalized in Captain John Smith’s voyage of exploration, a place of natural wonder, rich in cultural traditions, treasured and conserved for all.


The Chesapeake Conservancy works to achieve a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed by connecting people with its wildlife and history; conserving landscapes and rivers; and restoring its natural resources.

We serve as a catalyst for change, advancing strong public and private partnerships, developing and using new technology, and driving innovation throughout our work.

From our founding, we have embraced the National Park Service’s Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as an inspiration and framework for our work in the region.


Our three overarching goals are to connect people to the Chesapeake and its great rivers; conserve its landscapes and special places; and restore its lands, habitats, and waters.