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Thoughtful Thursdays: REI Grant Award for Environmental Stewardship

The Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) was recently granted $10,000 dollars by REI for environmental stewardship!

As part of their community outreach program, REI supports nonprofit partners that focus on both environmental conservation and promoting active volunteerism through grant funding. REI first began supporting National Aquarium’s education and conservation efforts in 2003. They have long been a great supporter of our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. Please join us in thanking them for their generous and continued support!

REI have been on-site at many of our conservation events!

REI have been on-site at many of our conservation events!

This grant will help support our conservation efforts at Ft. McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Located here in Baltimore, the wetlands surrounding Ft. McHenry are home to a diverse array of wildlife including hundreds of species of birds, reptiles like box turtles and diamondback terrapins, and aquatic animals like juvenile blue crabs and small fish.

Since taking over stewardship of the area in 1999, staff and volunteers with ACT! have collected nearly 600,000 pieces of debris from the area. In addition to seasonal cleanups, our field days at Ft. McHenry include trail maintenance, light construction, or planting native flowers in our rain and butterfly gardens.

A volunteer picking up debris along the shoreline at Ft. McHenry

A volunteer picking up debris along the shoreline at Ft. McHenry

REI first began supporting National Aquarium’s education and conservation efforts in 2003. They have long been a great supporter of our mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures. Please join us in thanking them for their generous and continued support!

Want to get involved with our Ft. McHenry initiative? Join us at our fall field day!

National Aquarium Awarded RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant

National Aquarium, Baltimore received a RBC Blue Water Project Leadership Grant to fund its Chesapeake Bay Initiative (CBI). The $130,000 USD grant represents the largest grant ever received from a corporation that is specifically designated to support the Aquarium’s conservation efforts. National Aquarium’s Chesapeake Bay Initiative (CBI) is a nationally recognized program that fosters partnerships with local communities to protect and restore habitats in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Each year, CBI recruits hundreds of citizen volunteers and local students to engage in restoring tidal habitats through planting events.

RBC donation to National Aquarium

RBC Wealth Management CEO John Taft presenting donation check to National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli

Wetlands in the Chesapeake Bay are being lost at an alarming rate as a result of coastal development, rising sea levels, and damage from non-native species. According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, an estimated 10,500 acres have been lost in the last 150 years along the middle-eastern portion alone. CBI helps restore and protect wetland habitats, increasing public awareness of watershed issues and providing watershed stewardship actions for citizen volunteers, youth, and community groups.

Grant funding will be focused in three areas – urban restoration and stewardship programs to improve water quality in tributaries to the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay; forest restoration and student education projects at Nassawango Creek Nature Preserve; and the Terrapin in the Classroom project, which takes place in 30 Maryland schools and at an Aquarium restoration site on Poplar Island.

National Aquarium is one of 30 organizations from five countries that are being awarded grants for programs that help protect watersheds and improve access to clean drinking water. RBC’s 2012 grant recipients work on a wide range of projects involving water restoration, conservation, management and education.

National Aquarium has worked in partnership with RBC Wealth Management and the RBC Blue Water Project since 2009.  It was the recipient of three Community Action Grants that helped to support conservation projects at Poplar Island, Fort McHenry, and Westport Academy.

The Leadership Grant was formally presented by RBC Wealth Management CEO John Taft at a private event hosted by RBC Wealth Management at the National Aquarium on September 20, 2012. Taft is the author of Stewardship: Lessons Learned from the Lost Culture of Wall Street, which explores the importance of stewardship as a core principle.

Click here to find out more about National Aquarium’s Chesapeake Bay Initiative! 


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