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.
From May 6-12, we’re bringing a weeklong wildlife celebration to Baltimore for the first time ever. During this week, we’re hosting events and experiences throughout the city to connect residents with wildlife and demonstrate the many ways that each of us can take action to protect the Chesapeake Bay’s iconic ecosystem. Connect and stay informed about events and programming on social media using #WildlifeWeek.
More information about events will be added as Baltimore Wildlife Week gets closer. Keep checking back for updates.
Monday, May 7
Nature Play Space Grand Opening
We are celebrating the official opening of Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School’s first Nature Play Space. We’ll also be working with the students on the school’s Green Team to plant pollinator-friendly flowers and trees around the play area.
Tuesday, May 8
Night at the Oriole Garden | Camden Yards | 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (in the garden); 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (happy hour); 7 p.m. (game time)
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 to a cash bar happy hour nearby, then into the stadium to watch the Baltimore Orioles play the Kansas City Royals, where the garden will be given special attention on the scoreboard.
All volunteers will receive a free ticket to the night's game. Limited to 25 spots!
Wednesday, May 9
Spring Garden Planning Series: Pollinator Gardens | Parks & People Foundation | 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Presented by UME Master Gardeners – Celebrate Baltimore Wildlife Week by learning how to plan your very own pollinator-friendly community green space. Attendees will learn about plant selection and basic pollinator garden design, and to design a pollinator garden for their own site. Skill Level: Intermediate. This workshop is free and open to the public.
Register here by May 7
Friday, May 11
Pollinator Meadow Installation | Green Street Academy
Students and staff from Green Street Academy, as well as members from the surrounding community, will come together for a full day of planting a 5,000-square-foot pollinator meadow on the school’s grounds.
Saturday, May 12
B’More Wild Fest & Greenscape 2018 | Carroll Park | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The National Wildlife Federation, Baltimore Office of Sustainability, and other partners are collaborating to bring two great events together to celebrate Baltimore’s unique wildlife and an amazing year of youth environmental leadership! This free event is open to the public and will feature wild animals, live music by Stryker’s Posse, a stilt walker, snow cones, food trucks, animal-themed yoga and Zumba, a scavenger hunt and raffle, educational activities with a wide range of partners, and more. This family-friendly festival will be emceed by National Wildlife Federation master naturalist and media personality David Mizejewski. This event is free and open to the public. There will be a small cost for some activities, including crab cookie decorating, a “garden in a jar” craft, face painting, and pony rides.
Thank you to our partners that are supporting Baltimore Wildlife Week.
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.
You don't have to travel far to join us for an event. Attend an upcoming event with one of our regional centers.