Self-guided walks are social distance-friendly and invite visitors to Baltimore’s Waterfront
(July 1, 2020) – The Waterfront Partnership announced today a new self-guided walk series called “Waterfront Walks,” the first of which, Native Plant Gardens, takes visitors on a 1.25-mile walking trail of native plant gardens located along the Inner Harbor’s waterfront promenade.
“There are so many exciting ways to experience the Inner Harbor. The Waterfront Walks series encourages outdoor recreation and education along one of Baltimore’s most treasured assets,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of Waterfront Partnership. “These walks provide new ways to experience the Waterfront and encourage people to take the time to enjoy the waterfront in ways they may have not done before.”
The Native Plant Gardens walk features 13 dedicated stops and may either begin or end at the Maryland Science Center or in Harbor East at the Lancaster St. Canal. With an interactive map as a guide, visitors of all ages can learn about and identify over 23 native plants and common pollinators like butterflies, birds and bees, that call the Inner Harbor home.
According to the National Audubon Society, native plants are crucial to a healthy environment and serve many benefits, including providing beauty, serving as a healthier alternative to grass, storing greenhouse gas and carbon dioxide, water conservation, and most important, serving as a vital habitat for birds and other wildlife.
Waterfront Partnership is encouraging visitors to post photos to social media with #YourWaterfrontNature to show off what plants and pollinators are spotted in the Harbor.
To view the map and interactive educational component for Native Plant Gardens, visit waterfrontpartnership.org/waterfront-fun/waterfront-walks-native-plant-gardens/. Directional signage for each stop will be available later this summer.
Waterfront Partnership plans to release other self-guided walks with themes such as art sculptures, top waterfront photo spots, historical landmarks, and more.