For the past 15 years, National Aquarium staff and volunteers have joined community volunteers at National Aquarium Fort McHenry Field Days during the spring and fall to care for the National Monument and Historic Shrine and to keep it a happy, healthy habitat for all of its native animals. These field days represent the National Aquarium’s most important conservation work in Baltimore.
As of January 2014, almost 630,000 pieces of debris have been removed from the wetland. In addition to cleaning up marine debris, volunteers remove harmful invasive plant species; do trail upkeep and light construction; maintain butterfly and rain gardens; and plant native flowers and trees.
The Aquarium works to record and classify the amount and types of debris collected during Field Days. This data is used by the Aquarium and Waterfront Partnership to evaluate how human behavior effects the ecosystem’s health and how debris can change over time due to consumer trends as part of their Healthy Harbor initiative.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
2400 E Fort Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21230