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December 2, 2023
Thank you to everyone who attended the Alliance’s 18th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum, both in person and virtually! Held at the National Conservation Training Center, the watershed-wide event reached 495 restoration and protection practitioners to inspire and empower local action towards clean water. We shared successful tools and techniques, offered lessons and learnings from on-the-ground work, built capacities of local organizations, fostered partnerships, educated on new initiatives and emerging practices, networked with others, and celebrated our successes!
See photos from this year’s Forum below.
Alliance CEO, Kate Fritz, gives opening remarks as the 2023 Chesapeake Watershed Forum kicked off.
Our “forum buddies” activity kicking off with an energetic icebreaker!
Joe Toolan, Manager of Chesapeake Bay Programs at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, presents on Diverse and Equitable Community Engagement at one of Friday’s sessions.
Forum attendee and Alliance staff member Carly Starobin takes notes during a Watershed Forum session.
After a day of learning, attendees decompress with dinner and libations.
Forum isn’t just about classroom-style learning. One of the greatest aspects of the event is the opportunity to engage with other attendees through a range of fun activities. Here, attendees enjoy some stargazing around the fire.
If stargazing isn’t your thing, maybe some Rappahannock oysters shucked by Bryan Hoffman, Deputy Director of Friends of the Rappahannock, will hit the spot!
One of the many serene trails connecting the NCTC campus.
As part of the Chesapeake Collective, various inspirational signs were placed throughout campus, reminding us why we were all there. Chesapeake Collective is an intention, a space, and a creative platform for diverse voices to express their vision for a healthy Bay watershed.
Forum is all about energy and collaboration!
A Forum attendee looks up to determine tree species during a tree identification workshop with the Alliance’s Ryan Davis, Senior Forests Projects Manager.
A well-deserved lunch in the dining hall after a morning of learning.
One of the Forum’s many interactive displays. This activity, called Leave Only Footprints, allowed attendees to share their favorite places in the watershed with other Forum participants. This display was also part of the Chesapeake Collective.
A bird’s eye view of the Watershed Forum poster session which provides an opportunity for individuals to share their work and research findings in a visual form with conference attendees.
The Alliance says thank you for joining us for the 18th Annual Chesapeake Watershed Forum. We hope to see you next year!
View the full gallery of Forum pictures here!
Every year, the Alliance live streams Watershed Forum sessions for those attending virtually. If you missed your chance to join us, catch up on our recorded sessions now!