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2017 Free Admission Days in National Parks

For these ten days in 2017, all national parks across the country will waive admission fees, so grab your calendar and start making plans.

The 2017 free entrance days will fall on:

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 20: Presidents Day
  • April 15-16 and 22-23: Weekends of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day Weekend

Enjoy views of the Potomac at home with new virtual tour

It might be a little cold out to take a real cruise down the Potomac River, but a new virtual tour can remind you of the waterway’s beauties from your own home.

The Chesapeake Conservancy has released a virtual tour of the Potomac River comprising nearly a half-million 360-degree images taken from a pontoon boat operated by Richmond-based Terrain360.com.  Continue reading Enjoy views of the Potomac at home with new virtual tour

Chesapeake Conservancy’s Latest Virtual Tour Takes Viewers down the Potomac River

Terrain360’s Custom Pontoon Raft Fitted with Six-Camera Array Captured Images of Entire River

Today, Chesapeake Conservancy released a virtual tour of the Potomac River, including the north and south branches. As part of the John Smith Chesapeake Trail Riverview series, users can virtually travel down the Potomac from the perspective of a paddler with their computer, smartphone, or tablet, and also have access to a number of conveniences including geographic locations, historical information, and recreational amenities. Continue reading Chesapeake Conservancy’s Latest Virtual Tour Takes Viewers down the Potomac River

Take a virtual tour of the Patapsco River, Inner Harbor

WASHINGTON — The Chesapeake Conservancy has teamed up again with a Richmond virtual tour company to map and record 92 miles of the Patapsco River, including Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

 The virtual footage includes 360-degree views of the river and follows the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
 The conservancy has also worked with Terrain360 to provide virtual tours of other waterways that feed into the bay including the Rappahannock and the James rivers and Mallows Bay, which is home to what is known as the “Ghost Fleet.”

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This virtual tour offers a boater’s view of Inner Harbor

After traversing the Susquehanna River last summer, Terrain360 decided its small boat with lots of cameras was ready for urban waters this year.

The Virginia-based firm and Chesapeake Conservancy came to the waters of Baltimore for their latest virtual tour, which has 360-degree views of Inner Harbor and the Patapsco River. Continue reading This virtual tour offers a boater’s view of Inner Harbor

Chesapeake Conservancy is photo-mapping the Baltimore Harbor and Patapsco River

An odd red raft, rigged with a 10-foot pole topped with cameras, will be cruising the Baltimore Harbor and Patapsco River over the next few weeks.

The Chesapeake Conservancy and a Virginia technology company are using the pontoon boat to create a virtual portrait of the harbor and river as part of a multiyear project to photo-map more than 3,000 miles of the bay and its rivers — think Google Street View, but on the water. Continue reading Chesapeake Conservancy is photo-mapping the Baltimore Harbor and Patapsco River

Custom Boat With 6 Cameras Shows Unique Perspective of Md. Watersways

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– From your couch, to a kayak, you can now explore nearly all of the Chesapeake’s waterways online, all thanks to a Maryland non-profit, bringing conservation into the 21st century.

A pontoon has traversed and photographed thousands of miles of Chesapeake Shoreline, documenting the view from the water in an unprecedented way. Continue reading Custom Boat With 6 Cameras Shows Unique Perspective of Md. Watersways

Chesapeake Conservancy Mapping Waterways Like Google-Street View

Since 2007, funky-looking Google Street View cars have been driving around the world giving users panoramic images from the street. Now, nearly 10 years later, a local nonprofit has been doing just that—but from the water.

Annapolis-based Chesapeake Conservancy created a 3,000-mile water trail as far south as the James River in Richmond, VA, all the way up to the tributaries off of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, like the Susquehanna and Patapsco rivers. With help from investors and new technology, the nonprofit is working to create virtual tours of those waterways to be accessed through its website. Continue reading Chesapeake Conservancy Mapping Waterways Like Google-Street View

Virtual tour of Potomac River to be available online

ANNAPOLIS — The Chesapeake Conservancy based in Annapolis has deployed two custom boats, each equipped with six cameras to capture images along the South and North branches of the Potomac River down to Great Falls, Va.

Terrain360, based in Richmond, Va., built the custom watercrafts and will use the images to create a virtual tour called Potomac Riverview, which will bring the beauty of the nation’s river to anyone with an internet-connected device.

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