Take the Green Stoop Challenge

Today we announced the Green Stoop Challenge, a new program calling upon City residents to clean and plant the green spaces near their stoops with native plants and flowers, which provide habitat for pollinators, beautify the community and filter polluted runoff that would otherwise end up in the Harbor. The Challenge will officially kick off on Saturday, April 27th with a community planting event around Library Square.

“As Baltimore works to double its tree canopy, we have an opportunity to beautify new tree pits with native perennials,” said Leanna Wetmore, community coordinator for the Waterfront Partnership and certified Master Gardener. “Challenging neighbors to care for the green infrastructure right in front of their stoop builds community and educates residents of all ages while having fun!”

“We want residents to make sure their stoop is doing its part for the community and the environment.” said Adam Lindquist, director of the Healthy Harbor Initiative. “When added together, the tree pits of Baltimore make up hundreds of acres of urban green space.”

With assistance from a $30,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), project partners will be working over the next several months to help residents in five East Baltimore neighborhoods plant 450 tree pits with over 6,000 native plants and new trees provided by the Baltimore Tree Trust. The funding comes from the NFWF Five Star & Urban Waters Restoration Program, which seeks to develop community stewardship and restoration of local natural resources and coastal ecosystems across the country.

“Dense urban areas like Baltimore have limited space for impactful restoration projects,” said Carrie Clingan, program director for community stewardship and youth at NFWF. “The Five Star and Urban Waters program is proud to support projects like the Green Stoop Challenge because they engage so many community partners while at the same time creating native habitat for birds and wildlife in a heavily urbanized setting.”

All City residents are encouraged to participate in the challenge. For more information and an online resource guide to get started, residents can visit baltimorewaterfront/com/healthy-harbor/green-stoop-challenge. To share progress and help inspire neighbors to get involved, participants will be sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #GreenStoop. 

To achieve the best ecological and educational outcomes, the Green Stoop Challenge is a partnership between Waterfront Partnership, Baltimore Tree Trust, Blue Water Baltimore, TreeBaltimore, the Baltimore Department of Public Works and the neighborhoods of Berea, BOCEK Madison East End, Milton-Montford, Oliver and Patterson Park.

The partners will come together to kick off the Green Stoop Challenge on Saturday, April 27th with the first of many community planting days. Volunteers will be meeting in Library Square at 9:00 a.m. to plant and maintain tree pits on the blocks surrounding Library Square.

All City residents are encouraged to participate in the challenge. For more information and anonline resource guide to get started, residents can visitbaltimorewaterfront/com/healthy-harbor/green-stoop-challenge. To share progress and help inspire neighbors to get involved,participants will be sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #GreenStoop.To achieve the best ecological and educational outcomes, the Green Stoop Challenge is apartnership between Waterfront Partnership, Baltimore Tree Trust, Blue Water Baltimore,TreeBaltimore, the Baltimore Department of Public Works and the neighborhoods of Berea,BOCEK Madison East End, Milton-Montford, Oliver and Patterson Park.The partners will come together to kick off the Green Stoop Challenge on Saturday, April 27thwith the first of many community planting days. Volunteers will be meeting in Library Square at9:00 a.m. to plant and maintain tree pits on the blocks surrounding Library Square.