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Sprawling urban development represents an increasing, major threat to native wildlife and water quality. That’s why people in developed areas have both an enormous responsibility and a unique opportunity to protect biodiversity and watershed health where they live, work, and learn. The National Wildlife Federation and our partners, along with Baltimore residents, are seizing this opportunity to help Baltimore’s wildlife by increasing green space in the city and planting wildlife-friendly gardens, all of which also help to address community priorities such as mitigating nuisance flooding, improving water quality, and beautifying neighborhoods.

To that end, we have planted pollinator gardens, rain gardens, and other polluted runoff best management practices at a variety of spaces including schools, vacant lots, and houses of worship. We’ve also provided training and resources to community members and teachers to maintain these practices and recreate them in their own backyards.

We Love Baltimore

Baltimore Wildlife Week 2019

Taking place May 3-11, Baltimore Wildlife Week is bringing more attention to the importance of urban conservation, highlighting the positive impact that collective community actions have for Baltimore City and its residents, waterways, and wildlife.

Kickoff Weekend at Charm City Meadworks Taproom

Taproom Location: 400 E. Biddle St. Baltimore, MD 21202

Shake Your Tail Feather Summer Dance Party | 7 - 11 pm | Advance Tickets Encouraged
Join us to kick off Wildlife Week in style with a dance party at the Meadworks Taproom. There will be a DJ, hip hop performances, mead, and even a guest appearance from Ranger Rick. Urban Wildlife Costumes encouraged (birds, raptors, bees, butterflies, crabs, turtles, snakes, raccoons, etc)!

Cost: $12 in advance (or in costume); $15 at the door. Limited ticket availability! Charm City Meadworks will be generously donating a portion of the proceeds to Wildlife Week. REGISTER HERE!

animal handler with owl

Art for the Earth Pop-Up Exhibition & Academia Bazaar | 1 - 6 pm | FREE
Experience our buzzing environmental art show curated by and featuring some of Baltimore's most prolific artists amongst a bazaar of environmental allies, artists, food vendors and more. Curated by local artist Bridget Parlato. Click here to learn more.

The Science Gong Show: Urban Wilderness Edition | 7:15 - 9:15 pm | FREE
Join us for a special Science Gong Show with Project Bridge. Learn more about the scientific research happening in Baltimore and "gong" scientists when you don't understand them. All while enjoying some delicious mead! Learn more and invite your friends here.

Jones Falls Watershed Walking Tour | 9:30 - 12 PM | Advance Tickets Encouraged
Join Blue Water Baltimore and Baltimore Heritage on a 2-mile, 2 hour walking tour to explore the more-than-human world through our sense, learn about urban watershed ecology and have the opportunity to reflect upon and share the insights that nature-based experiences yield. In addition to learning about the nature that is around us in the Jones Falls watershed, we'll learn about the valley's rich human heritage along the way, from where the bottle cap was invented to why Baltimore has a hundred year old history built entirely on stilts.

Cost: $10. The ticket includes the tour and a glass of mead at the end, where we'll have food vendors, and an urban wilderness art show curated by Bridget Parlato. A portion of the proceeds will support Blue Water Baltimore and Baltimore Heritage. Tickets are limited. REGISTER HERE!

Art for the Earth Pop-Up Exhibition (Continued) | 12 - 4 pm | FREE
Experience our buzzing environmental art show curated by and featuring some of Baltimore's most prolific artists amongst a bazaar of environmental allies, artists, food vendors and more. Curated by local artist Bridget Parlato. Click here to learn more.

Other Events

More information about events will be added as Baltimore Wildlife Week gets closer. Keep checking back for updates.

Spring Fling Festival | 11 am - 3 pm
Amazing Grace Lutheran Church | 2424 McElderry St. Baltimore, MD 21205Join community members and local organizations as we celebrate all the good things happening in McElderry Park and East Baltimore! The 6th annual Spring Fling festival is hosted by Charm City Land Trusts and Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. There will be games, crafts, resource tables, a garden tour, planting opportunities, food, music, and more. The festival will take place in the Amazing Port Street Commons, a Community Land Trust that has been stewarded by residents for nearly 20 years.
Contact: Natalie Cohen

Fairwood Forest Day | 1 - 4 pm | FREE
5925 Fairwood Ave. Baltimore, MD 21206
For years, residents in northeast Baltimore have cherished a 4-acre forest patch in their backyards -- enjoying adventures in nature, studying the biodiversity, and caring for its health. Throughout this time, the privately-owned land was under threat from out-of-town developers attempting to clear the woods for development. With support from Baltimore Green Space and Glenham-Belhar Community Association, the residents responded: they organized stewardship and raised funds, so that Baltimore Green Space was able to secure more than 3 acres in 2018. This created the first community-preserved forest in Baltimore City. Join us to celebrate this natural treasure… along with the people who made it happen for the trees, for the wildlife, and for future generations… plus enjoy free family-friendly fun such as tree giveaways, research demonstrations, birdwatching, and more! Learn more and invite your friends here.

Oriole Garden Volunteer Cleanup | 2 - 4 pm
Happy Hour | 4 - 6:30 pm
Orioles vs. Red Sox Game | 7:05 pm
Come learn about and experience the 10,000-square-foot Baltimore oriole bird habitat at Camden Yards. After getting our hands dirty in the garden, we’ll head over to a nearby bar for happy hour, and then into the stadium to watch the Baltimore Orioles play the Boston Red Sox, where Baltimore Wildlife Week will be given special attention on the jumbotron. Participation is free, but tickets to the game are limited, so sign up early! REGISTER HERE. 

people at Whitelock Farm

Community Conservation Forum | 5-8 pm | FREE
Whitelock Community Farm | 930 Whitelock St. Baltimore, MD 21217
We invite residents of all backgrounds to join us at Whitelock Community Farm in the Reservoir Hills neighborhood for a panel-style forum that will focus on important issues in the community such as land access, fair economic development, food equity, and public health. The event will kick off with an optional volunteer hour from 5-6 pm to support the farm. This forum will be a medium for open discussion and will give us all a chance to spend an evening outside with good friends and complimentary food provided by Wild Thyme Baltimore.
Rain Date: Wednesday, May 15

Stormwater BMP Crawl | 11:30 am - 4:30 pm | Advance Tickets Encouraged
National Wildlife Federation, in partnership with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is organizing a one-of-a-kind tour featuring a variety of stormwater Best Management Practices, or BMPs, in Baltimore City. Community members and local partners will have the chance to visit and learn about innovative practices and partnerships in the City that are improving water quality and building community through green infrastructure. The "Crawl" will visit various neighborhoods and types of projects throughout the City, ending back at Checkerspot Brewery for a "BMP Happy Hour." REGISTER HERE!

Community Night Fundraising Dinner | 5 - 9 pm | Reservations Encouraged
Gertrude's Chesapeake Kitchen | 10 Art Museum Dr. Baltimore, MD 21218
For over 20 years, Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen has served as a prominent voice for the use of local, fresh ingredients that are native to our unique Chesapeake Bay region. As supporters of wildlife and urban conservation, Gertrude’s will be donating up to 20% of all proceeds to the National Wildlife Federation for Baltimore Wildlife Week. Come out and join us in their beautiful restaurant located in the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Contact: Reservations | 410-889-3399

Baltimore Wildlife Week concert

B’More Wild Fest & GreenScape | 8:30 am - 1 pm | FREE
Middle Branch Park and Baltimore Rowing Club | 3301 Waterview Ave. Baltimore, MD 21230
In conjunction with the Baltimore Office of Sustainability and Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, the National Wildlife Federation is hosting a free, family-friendly festival along the water at Middle Branch Park. There will be music, live animals, a “DJ Technology & STEM” workshop, an interactive nature walk through the park, and lots of other environmentally-focused activities. The festival will kick off with BCRP’s $5 5K event at 8 am. Participating organizations include: National Aquarium, Blue Water Baltimore, Lights Out Baltimore, Carrie Murray Nature Center, Greater Baltimore Wildnerness Coalition, Parks & People Foundation, and more! Complimentary boxed water will be provided by RETHINK. Food will be available for purchase from Wild Thyme Baltimore Food Truck.

Oyster Garden Volunteer Event  | 10 am - 1 pm
Baltimore Marine Center | 2780 Lighthouse Point East Baltimore, MD 21224
The Great Baltimore Oyster Partnership needs your help! Join the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore to care for oyster gardening cages and learn more about oysters, oyster reef habitat, and how these native mollusks work to improve water quality in the Harbor and Chesapeake Bay. Our baby oysters need your help to thrive! Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Children 10 years old and up are welcome. They will be required to wear a life jacket near the water. Space is limited. Learn more and register here.


Thank you to all our partners participating in and supporting Baltimore Wildlife Week.

Amazing Grace Lutheran Church

Baltimore Beyond Plastic

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks

Baltimore Heritage

Baltimore Office of Sustainability

Baltimore Trash Talk

Blue Water Baltimore

Carrie Murray Nature Center

Charm City Meadworks

Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition

Lights Out Baltimore

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Maryland Department of Natural Resources

National Aquarium

Parks & People Foundation

Project Bridge

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office

Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore

Whitelock Community Farm

For more information on partnership opportunities or to add your event to the list above, contact Justin Shapiro at

Growing Together

a group of gardeners with Ranger Rick and the Oriole Bird mascot

The National Wildlife Federation works year-round in partnership with Baltimore residents to improve the quality of the city by creating backyard sanctuaries, beautifying neighborhoods and schools, reducing pollution, and furthering a sense of community. This community-based approach involves participation from Baltimore residents in their schools, neighborhoods, and the city itself.

Schools: Baltimore City schools have an incredible opportunity to make a difference for their students, and wildlife. The National Wildlife Federation’s Schoolyard Habitats® program creates outdoor classrooms that raise enthusiasm for learning, attract parent volunteers, and become a source of pride for students, faculty, and principals. We are currently working with 10 schools in the Gwynns Falls watershed, in south and west Baltimore, to create wildlife habitat and reduce stormwater pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.

Neighborhoods: Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods. Our long-range action plan protects and restores the biodiversity of Baltimore, decreases polluted water, and addresses pollinator decline and invasive plant species by teaching Baltimore City residents how to beautify their neighborhoods by gardening for wildlife.

City: The National Wildlife Federation collaborated with the Baltimore Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority to design and install the Oriole Garden at Camden Yards, a showplace demonstration garden that provides habitat for orioles, other local birds, and butterflies. Home of the beloved Baltimore Orioles, there’s no better place than Oriole Park at Camden Yards to educate and inspire fans to grow together.


All new gardens in Baltimore will count toward our goal of creating the largest National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat® along the Chesapeake Bay. To learn more and certify a garden, please visit our Certification page.

Partners and Friends

The National Wildlife Federation believes our work is only possible through collaboration. Our incredible partners in Baltimore include Audubon Maryland-DC, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore City Schools, Baltimore Office of Sustainability, Baltimore Orchard Project, Blue Water Baltimore, Greater Baltimore Children and Nature Collaborative, Maryland Institute College of Art, National Aquarium, Parks and People Foundation, and Reservoir Hill Improvement Council.

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