The final day of Journey 1 would be spent at Conowingo Dam, the Susquehanna State Park and the C&D canal. Built in 1925, the Conowingo Dam is a major milestone in the development of the Bay’s watershed with a contribution of roughly 1.6 billion kilowatt hours to the Atlantic grid. However, there are major consequences to its installation that students would explore as they geared up for the next set of lectures and Journeys focused on the ecology and environment of the Chesapeake.
With the requisite lectures in the natural sciences under their belt, Chesapeake Semester students started off on their second Journey that would last 10 days and take them from the remote and peaceful forests of Shenandoah National Park to the crowded boardwalk of Ocean City with stops at the marsh swamps of Black Water National Wildlife Refuge and the coastal bays of Chincoteague and Assateague Island National Wildlife Refuge.
From Richmond, VA, Chesapeake Semester students entered back into the great state of Maryland via 301 North to arrive in Lexington Park. The following days exploration took them to Historic St. Mary’s City where they were able to visit the reconstructed past of Maryland’s first capital including the St John’s Site Museum. They finished up with a quick glance out over the Bay at Point Look Out of Scotland, MD.