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ning of her career when she attended CBF
teacher trips to Meredith Creek and Fox
Island. Ms. Allen started getting her students
outside studying the environment and giving
some their first glimpse of the Bay. She
returned to CBF programs several times before
she retired and later served on CBF’s Board.
Recent revitalization has brought mixed-use
development to downtown waterfront
neighborhoods like Fell’s Point and Canton,
attracting new residents and prominent
national and regional employers like
Hankin’s Brown Advisory. Today, tourism is
a top employer, and the Inner Harbor is one
of the most visited areas of the city.
Baltimore’s most popular landmark, the
National Aquarium ( www.aqua.org), is a
mesmerizing facility that features more than
16,000 creatures, from sharks to jellyfish,
in naturalistic exhibits that include a walk-through rain forest.
Across the harbor, the Maryland Science
Center ( www.mdsci.org) stimulates the
senses with curious exhibits, hands-on
activities, and IMAX theater presentations.
Baltimore abounds with quality restaurants.
To the northeast on Canton’s waterfront,
indulge in the iconic Baltimore tradition
of picking steamed crabs at Bo Brooks
Restaurant. Environmentally conscious
owner Chris Hannan has actively supported
crab regulations and legislation to upgrade
all Bay-area sewage treatment plants.
To the south on Locust Point, Fort McHenry
( www.nps.gov/fomc), a national park since
1925, is accessible by car or water taxi. The
visitor center, fort, and grounds will inspire
you today as they inspired Francis Scott Key
almost 200 years ago.
Tourism this year will be heightened by the
Fort’s War of 1812 bicentennial festival.
The week-long (June 13 to 19) celebration
will include an international flotilla of
ships, land and water tours, a variety of rich
family and group activities, and an amazing
air show featuring the Blue Angels.
Moving forward, Baltimore’s reliance on
tourism will require continued revitalization by local government and groups like
the Waterfront Partnership.
In addition to the Waterfront Partnership of
Baltimore, others are also fostering the environmental movement. Living Classrooms
Foundation provides students opportunities
to “learn by doing” through activities like
hands-on environmental experiences.
The Green School, a public-charter elementary school formed in 2003, follows an educational approach that uses the environment, the school’s surroundings, and the
community as the context for reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
Green Street Academy is a new public mid-dle-high school in Baltimore that embraces
the green movement and inspires students
to succeed in new career paths.
Success for the Waterfront Partnership is
Baltimore Harbor becoming a venue for even
more outdoor opportunities: bike paths
along the waterfront promenade, sailing
regattas, and fishing from boats and piers.
The Partnership’s battle is part of a war for
clean water across the Bay watershed.
Reaching the goal of a fishable, swimmable
harbor would position Baltimore as a symbol of victory and pride, much like our flag.
Take pride in Baltimore and your own backyard, and join the army that achieves victory here and across the watershed.
Loren Anne Barnett—CBF’s
Director of Creative Services
and Editor of Save the Bay—
is the daughter of Baltimore
natives Anne and Bill Barnett.