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.
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.
Taproom Location: 400 E Biddle St. | Baltimore, MD 21202
FRIDAY, MAY 3
Shake Your Tail Feather Costume Dance Party | 7 – 11 pm
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! Registration coming soon. Charm City Meadworks will generously be donating part of the weekend’s proceeds to Wildlife Week.
SATURDAY, MAY 4
Urban Wilderness Art Show | 1 – 6 pm
Academia Bazaar and Outdoor Market | 1 – 6 pm
Science Gong Show: Urban Wilderness Edition | 7 – 9 pm
Charm City Meadworks is hosting a full day of events centered around urban conservation. Meet, mead, and greet with Baltimore's premier conservation organizations. Partners include National Wildlife Federation, National Aquarium, Blue Water Baltimore, Baltimore Heritage, and more! Talk with local beekeepers, scientists, and urban conservation experts. Enjoy a free art show while you're here, and we'll have food from local vendors, too!
The night will end with a “Gong Show” hosted by Project Bridge. Scientists working on urban conservation will present their research to the general public. Luckily for us, if they mention anything that we don’t understand, the audience can ring their cowbells until the presenter puts the research into more layman terms. This presentation helps bridge the gap between scientists and the general public..
Cost: FREE Admission
SUNDAY, MAY 5
Jones Falls Watershed Walking Tour | 10 – 12 pm
Urban Wilderness Art Show | 12 – 4 pm
Please join Blue Water Baltimore and Baltimore Heritage on a 2-mile, 2 hour walking tour to explore the more-than-human world through our senses, 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 building built entirely on stilts. 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. Portions of the proceeds will go to Blue Water Baltimore and Baltimore Heritage.
Cost: $10 for the walking tour, limited ticket availability! Registration coming soon.
FREE Admission to the art show.
More information about events will be added as Baltimore Wildlife Week gets closer. Keep checking back for updates.
SATURDAY, MAY 4
Spring Fling Festival | 11 am – 3 pm
Amazing Grace Lutheran Church | 2424 McElderry St. | Baltimore, MD 21205
Join 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
MONDAY, MAY 6
Oriole Garden Volunteer Cleanup | 2 – 4 pm
Happy Hour | 4 – 6:30 pm
Orioles v. 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.
Stay tuned for registration information.
TUESDAY, MAY 7
BMP Crawl | 12 – 3:30 pm
This afternoon event, sponsored and coordinated by Maryland DNR, will take conservation professionals on a van tour across the city to visit successful green infrastructure projects. The event will end at a local brewery for a happy hour. More information and registration coming soon.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
Community Conservation Forum | 5 – 8 pm
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 dinner provided by Wild Thyme Baltimore.
Rain Date: Wednesday, May 15
THURSDAY, MAY 9
Community Night Fundraiser | 5 – 9 pm
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.
Reservation Encouraged: 410-889-3399
SATURDAY, MAY 11
B’More Wild Fest & GreenScape | 8:30 am – 1 pm
Middle Branch Park | 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.
Cost: FREE Admission
Thank you to all our partners participating in and supporting Baltimore Wildlife Week.
Amazing Grace Lutheran Church
Baltimore City Recreation and Parks
Baltimore Office of Sustainability
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
Parks & People Foundation
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chesapeake Bay Field Office
Whitelock Community Farm
For more information on partnership opportunities or to add your event to the list above, contact Justin Shapiro at ShapiroJ@nwf.org.
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.
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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