Chesapeake Roving Ranger
Our mobile visitor center, the Chesapeake Roving Ranger, is a traveling visitor contact and information center staffed by the Chesapeake Conservancy and National Park Service. The Ranger travels throughout the watershed and takes up shop at parks, events, and festivals. Visitors to the Roving Ranger can collect a National Park passport stamp, pick up special junior ranger program books related to the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and participate in interpretive programs.
This season in addition to showcasing a number of fresh activities, the Ranger is sporting a new look! In early spring 2018, the vehicle underwent a refit and now features a brand new popup window, solar panels, and additional graphics that include a brand new hands-on Bay watershed map. The Ranger is hard to miss, it’s the size of a delivery truck and features large, beautiful scenes of the Chesapeake Bay on all sides.
Even with the summer season coming to an end, the Ranger will still be at public events and festivals related to the natural and cultural heritage of the Chesapeake Bay into late fall. Below is a list of some of the Ranger’s upcoming appearances:
August 11, Smallwood State Park, Marbury, MD; August 12, Waterman’s Appreciation Day at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD; August 18, Children’s Day at the St. Clements Island Museum, Coltons Point, MD; August 25, Estuaries Day, York River State Park, Williamsburg, VA; September 7-9, National Folk Festival, Salisbury, MD; October 5-8, Maryland Fleet Week & Airshow Baltimore, MD;
- October 20-21, U.S. Oyster Festival, Leonardtown, MD; and
- October 26-28, Sultana Education Foundation’s Downrigging Festival, Chestertown, MD.
For any questions or to schedule the Roving Ranger at your event, contact Kate Marks Hardy.