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Maryland's Western Shore
Photo from Maryland's Western Shore

The Chesapeake landscapes visible on this upper stretch of the Bay’s western shore make for some sharp contrasts. As the buildings of downtown Baltimore reach toward the sky, agricultural fields in southern Maryland stretch toward the horizon. As low, wooded hills roll through central Maryland, swampy wetlands spread out around the mouth of the Patuxent River.

Here, too, is the astounding maritime heritage of the Bay, on display in Annapolis, the city that ranks both as Maryland’s political capital and America’s sailing capital. Both of the western shore’s main cities, Baltimore and Annapolis, serve today as key entry-point destinations for Bay visitors and as major centers of Bay commerce, just as they have for centuries.

A great variety of Gateways can help you explore this region. State parks, wildlife refuges, and urban greenways showcase the natural environment. Among the historical attractions are traditional museums, working archeological sites, Chesapeake sailing ships, Colonial architecture, and the Baltimore fort where the events of the National Anthem unfolded.

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Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and Visitor's Center - Upper Marlboro, MD
Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary is the wintering ground for several thousand Canada geese, the largest concentration on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay. The sanctuary was named after Edgar Merkle (1900-1984), an active conservationist who devoted much of his life to protecting and providing for wildlife. The geese ar...More info

Regional Events
04/11 Atlantic White Cedar Restoration at Nassawango - Plant Atlantic white cedar tree seedlings with the National Aquarium!
04/25 National Aquarium Fort McHenry Field Day - Join the National Aquarium for a day out at our wetland field station!
05/29 Masonville Cove Wetland Planting - Join the National Aquarium to create a living shoreline!
05/15 Sand Dune Restoration at Virginia Beach - Join the National Aquarium to restore valuable sand dunes!
05/30 Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop - Celebrate 48 Days of Blue and build your own rain barrel!

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