Baltimore’s urban landscape is teeming with diverse wildlife. Look to the tops of its tallest buildings and you might find the endangered peregrine falcon caring for her young. Peer into the waters of the Inner Harbor and you may catch sight of a diamondback terrapin searching for his mate. Or gaze skyward in the summer and fall, when you could be lucky enough to see the brilliant orange of the migrating monarch butterfly as she’s stopping by to lay her eggs on native milkweed flowers.
By coming together to create wildlife-friendly spaces for these species and many more, the people who live, work, and learn in the vibrant city of Baltimore are helping both their wildlife and their community thrive.
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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