Fort McHenry

Conservation Initiatives

Together
We Can Make
a Difference

Every spring and fall, the National Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) recruits volunteers to restore habitat for wildlife, remove debris, and maintain trails at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore.

Since the National Aquarium took over stewardship of this marsh in 1999, volunteers have helped collect nearly 600,000 pieces of debris!

Fort McHenry Field Days are more than just debris cleanups, however; work can include trail maintenance, light construction, or planting native flowers in our rain and butterfly gardens. This work all adds up to creating a valuable green space in the heart of Baltimore City that is utilized by hundreds of species of birds, reptiles like box turtles and diamondback terrapins, and aquatic critters like juvenile blue crabs and small fish.

By joining us for a Fort McHenry Field Day, you can help make the marsh a cleaner place for native animals to live, and a great place for student groups from the city and surrounding counties to learn about marsh ecology.

ACT! partners with the National Park Conservation Association, National Park Service, Maryland Port Administration, and Steinweg Baltimore to make this event possible.

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Upcoming Event

Fort McHenry Field Day: Saturday April 26th, 2014

Give a day for the Bay! Join the Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) for a debris cleanup and tree planting at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.  It's the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day, and to participate in Project Clean Stream!

Registration is now closed

Pre-registration is required for all conservation events. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. Please contact conserve@aqua.org if you have questions or would like additional details. 

Help Support Fort McHenry

As part of a partnership project with the National Parks Conservation Association and IOBY, National Aquarium’s Ft. McHenry cleanup has been selected as crowd funding urban park project! Click here to support our efforts to restore habitat for wildlife, remove debris and maintain the trails at this National Monument

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Since the National Aquarium took over stewardship of this marsh in 1999, volunteers have helped us collect nearly 600,000 pieces of debris!