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Youth Birding Week With the Port Of Baltimore 

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The Port of Baltimore invites your child to spend a week this summer exploring some of the best birding locations in Maryland, from around Baltimore to islands in the Chesapeake Bay. With the help of local birding experts, participants will practice the skills needed to become a birder by traveling, playing, and exploring with up to 11 other kids from the community. Hike, build art projects, and take boat rides when you spend a week this summer getting up close with some of Maryland's most unique birds and the people who know them best.

Dates and Ages:

  • Monday, 7/10 - Friday, 7/14

  • 8-10 years old 



  • 8:30am - 5:00pm

    • Drop-off and pick-up will be at Masonville Cove each day. (1000 Frankfurst Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21226). Even on days of travel, times and location of drop off and pick up remain the same.

    • Pick up window will be between 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. each day


Where is Birding Week?

  • Each day will begin at Masonville Cove. Three of the five days of Youth Birding Week will include travel (travel is dependent on weather). Trips to Cox Creek, Hart-Miller Island and Poplar Island are included. Trips to Poplar Island and Hart-MIller Island will include a boat ride. 


What is included in Birding Week:

  • Birding Week is FREE to all participants.

  • Each child will receive a birding toolkit which will include a birding field guide and binoculars. These tools are for your child to keep even after the program has ended. 

  • Daily breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as water, juice, and snacks during the day. 


What is Birding Week?

  • Up to 12 local kids will experience a 5-day immersive and hands-on birding program led by local birding experts. Participants will use citizen science tools to identify and catalog bird species by taking field trips to some of the best birding locations in Maryland.  Participants will learn about local bird populations, their habitats, and ways that habitat can be restored to support bird survival. Participants do not need any prior knowledge of birding to participate in this program, only a love of nature! 


How to apply

  • To apply use the link below to fill out a google form. After the form is completed, each application will be reviewed. You will be notified in March if your application was accepted. If you have any questions about the application process or program, please contact Emily Sperling - Space is limited so please apply as soon as possible. Thank you. 

Youth Birding Week is funded in part by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Click the link below to apply!

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