The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Waterfront Park is a 90,000-square-foot urban park that welcomes visitors to the Aquarium and Inner Harbor. It provides a beautiful and educational setting that explores Maryland’s diverse ecosystems—from the ocean, coastal plains, and Chesapeake Bay, through the Piedmont region, and west to the Allegheny mountains.
In 2012, the National Wildlife Federation declared the Weinberg Waterfront Park a Certified Wildlife Habitat. The area provides wildlife with food, water, shelter, and a place to raise their young.
Become a citizen scientist at the Waterfront Park
The National Aquarium is calling on citizen scientists to help explore, identify and document urban wildlife in our Waterfront Park! Citizen science is an easy and exciting way for anyone to participate in scientific exploration. Your observations can help researchers and scientists gather information about everything from butterfly migration to oyster populations and more.
So, join us, and become a citizen scientist. Explore the Waterfront Park, snap photos of the wildlife you see and share it with our iNaturalist Waterfront Park Project, so you can help researchers better understand the diversity of urban wildlife right outside the Aquarium’s front doors. And it doesn’t have to stop there. Take your citizen science skills home, and document the nature you find in your own backyard!
What is the Chesapeake and Why is it Important?
It might seem like you have nothing in common with a backyard box turtle, geese grazing in a local field or the fish that may eventually make it onto your plate, but you’re all connected in one critical way: You share the same water. The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States and one of the largest in the world. Its watershed—the land that drains into the Bay or into the rivers, creeks or streams connected to it—is home to more than 17 million people and 2,700 species of animals, all of which depend on a healthy Bay for survival.
Beyond the diverse habitats it provides for wildlife in the area, the Chesapeake Bay serves another critical purpose: It’s the foundation of our local economy. It’s home to two of the five major shipping ports in the North Atlantic and supplies us with the seafood and recreational activities that fuel our local businesses. Imagine a summer on the Chesapeake with no swimming, fishing or boating! In order to continue reaping the benefits of the Bay, we need to take responsibility for its conservation. Learn More
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