Waterfront Partnership launches self-guided walking tour of Inner Harbor plant gardens

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The Waterfront Partnership on Wednesday launched their “Waterfront Walks” series to help people learn and connect with Baltimore’s nature sites. The series will begin with a self-guided walking tour of native plant gardens around the Inner Harbor. Map courtesy of Waterfront Partnership.

The Waterfront Partnership is giving people another way to enjoy Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with a self-guided walking tour of native plant gardens along the waterfront promenade.

The organization on Wednesday announced the “Waterfront Walks” series, which aims to help residents learn and connect more with Baltimore’s natural scenery in a “social distance-friendly” way.

“There are so many exciting ways to experience the Inner Harbor,” said Waterfront Partnership President Laurie Schwartz. “The Waterfront Walks series encourages outdoor recreation and education along one of Baltimore’s most treasured assets. These walks provide new ways to experience the Waterfront and encourage people to take the time to enjoy these views in ways they may have not done before.”

The 1.25-mile walking trail begins at the Van Reiner Pollinator Garden near the Maryland Science Center, travels north and east around the harbor, and ends at Turtle Cove near S. Caroline Street.

Along the way, people can visit 13 nature stops, including the Kawasaki Stone Lantern and the Lancaster Street Butterfly Waystation. There are also eight designated landmarks, such as the National Aquarium and Mr. Trash Wheel.

Visitors have the chance to identify at least 23 native plants, like Black-Eyed Susans and Christmas ferns, as well as common pollinators, such as butterflies, birds and bees, in the Inner Harbor area, according to the Waterfront Partnership.

People can find a map of the trail, as well as information about the native plants that they can see at each of the spots, on the Waterfront Partnership’s website.

The Waterfront Partnership is encouraging people to post about what they see and experience along the trail by using the hashtag #YourWaterfrontNature.

The organization also plans to release other self-guided walks as part of their “Waterfront Walks” series, based on themes like art sculptures, historical landmarks and popular spots for taking photos.

Marcus Dieterle

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