National Aquarium

The National Aquarium fosters an appreciation for the environment and conservation efforts by bringing people together with the natural world. The National Aquarium's work to encourage the protection of aquatic biodiversity does not begin and end in its exhibit halls. Through outreach and education, habitat restoration, animal rescue, and eco-friendly business practices, the aquarium safeguards, enriches and restores natural resources.

The National Aquarium works to slow global warming by reducing its own carbon footprint while also spreading awareness of the issue, empowering local communities, and implementing nature-based solutions.

When fossil fuels are used, they produce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions that are higher than those found in the environment. This "extra" carbon dioxide accumulates and behaves like a heavy blanket, warming the atmosphere and the ocean and creating significant alterations to the world's climate. The good news is that billions of people throughout the world are working to cut back on their consumption of fossil fuels in a variety of ways.

The Patapsco River flows from the Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore, where the National Aquarium is located, all the way down to the legendary Chesapeake Bay, which provides energy to the entire region and links us to the world's single ocean. 

The importance of remembering their duty to the world around them is underscored by their physical position. The Baltimore Aquarium works along with locals to keep the city's rivers and animals safe. 

The National Aquarium coordinates volunteer efforts to plant trees and native gardens in communities, involve young people in environmental advocacy, and clean up urban beaches and wetlands. These exchanges, viewed through the lens of environmental justice, teach individuals that they are an integral part of the natural world. Change that lasts can be achieved through a series of small steps taken by many people.

Before the harbor was developed, the area around it was forested and surrounded by shallow mud flats and tidal salt marsh grasses. It's a paradigmatic case of a shoreline that has been modified and developed in ways that impede the natural processes that maintain clean water. Ecosystem services supplied by natural tidal wetlands can be replicated even in such a densely metropolitan area. 

The floating wetlands in the harbor that are a part of the waterfront campus project help keep the water clean, draw in local wildlife, and educate people about the importance of wetlands. The aquarium also works with researchers to collect and distribute information about Glen Burnie, Md water quality. In addition to providing memorable experiences, they teach visitors the value of water conservation.

Animal Care and Rescue Center on has woven the national aquiriuam into the fabric of Maryland's historic Jonestown district. The Aquarium hosts community conservation workshops and cleanups, participates in neighborhood events, and coordinates activities at the Exeter Street Community Garden by recruiting neighbors of all ages to help with gardening, weeding, and general upkeep. Check out BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport.

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