Walk the Watershed

Healthy You, Healthy Bay

During this time of uncertainty and the COVID-19 pandemic, our mission of saving the Bay remains our unwavering focus. As we continue to navigate the challenges, we are also presented with an unprecedented opportunity: to explore new ways to connect to one another and the remarkable ecosystem we are working to defend. And we cannot do that alone!

Create or join a virtual team and commit to walking a combined 200 miles, the approximate length of the Chesapeake Bay. Invite friends and family to support your efforts and help raise funds that will continue our mission to save the Bay. Registration is free, and we will provide fundraising support, nature guides, pop-up challenges, and Bay-saving tips along the way. If you are participating as an individual, set a walking goal that fits your lifestyle.

For more than half a century, the ChesapeakeBay Foundation has led a landmark effort to save the Chesapeake Bay—a national treasure on which the health and wellbeing of nearly 18 million people and 3,000 species of plants and animals throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed depend. We educate tens of thousands of people each year, advocate for better public policy, hold governments and polluters accountable, while performing essential hands-on restoration.

With the support of people like you who understand and value the vital relationship between water quality and quality of life, we won't just Save the Bay®, we will keep it saved.

Check out these quick steps to getting outside and saving the Bay!

Sign Up

Participation is free, but we encourage all walkers to set a fundraising goal of $150. Every dollar raised goes directly towards our restoration and education efforts throughout the watershed. Hannon Armstrong has pledged to match all donations up to $20,000!

Couple wearing Walk the Watershed Tees outdoorsAll individuals who raise $150 are eligible to receive a Walk the Watershed t-shirt!

Set walking goals that fit your lifestyle and health needs—remember, every step counts. Track your team progress and personal progress with the CBF Mile Tracker located in the Participant Center. Once registered, you can enter your miles as frequently as you'd like, whether it is daily or weekly. Each participant’s miles will automatically roll up into their overall team's miles.

Create

Update your Personal Page and share why CBF is important to you! The more personal your page, the more connected your supports will feel to your mission.

Small updates to your page make a big difference—walkers who upload their own image and story are 5 times more likely to hit their fundraising goal!

Share

Share your participation on social media, text messages, email, etc. Your personal page links directly to your Facebook. This will help spread your message and hit your goals. Make sure to tag the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in your posts and use the hashtag #WalktheWatershed

Follow our Facebook page for exciting challenges throughout the event.

Your Impact: What Can Your Fundraiser Do?

$25 can plant five native trees as a streamside buffer
$50 can grow 5,000 native oysters to plant in the watershed
$75 can send a student for a day of learning in and around the Bay
$100 can build two reef balls to use as oyster habitat

Our Healthy Habit Sponsors are happy to offer additional Bay-saving activities while you walk. Check out this list of Healthy Bay Activities.

We would like to send a special thank you to the below sponsors who are helping make this event possible. In these uncertain times, their unwavering support allows us to continue our mission.

Title Sponsor

Hannon Armstrong

Based in Annapolis, Maryland, Hannon Armstrong (NYSE: HASI) is the first U.S. public company solely dedicated to investments in climate change solutions, providing capital to leading companies in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainable infrastructure markets. Hannon Armstrong's core purpose is to make climate-positive investments with superior risk-adjusted returns. Follow Hannon Armstrong on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

Healthy Habit Sponsors

William C. Baker

Boatyard Bar & Grill
Republic National Distributing Company

Supporting Sponsors

HighLiner Foods

Historic Ventures LLC
Joe Rubino & Bill Greenfield

Pender & Coward - Attorneys and Counsellors at Law
REI
River Network - connecting people saving rivers
Workshop Digital
WRNR - 103.1 FM

Remember to Stay Safe

All participants should follow their state's guidelines for COVID-19 precautions.

For additional event information and resources, visit the below links:

Questions? Contact us at walkthewatershed@cbf.org.

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