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Baltimore Woods Nature Center
April 29, 2010

I love to walk the trails and explore the gardens at Baltimore Woods. When my daughter was young, we came to programs on bugs, birds and other critters, as well as the night sky and nature sounds. It's a less-crowded alternative to Beaver Lake Nature Center, more conducive to quiet, meditative walks in the woods.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

engaging the public in the natural world on a variety of levels, from programs on bats to native plant sales to take home to your garden. Not to mention provide access to the natural world away from concrete, cars and buildings

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to raise its profile in the community; secure more reliable, continuing funding; develop a broader and deeper volunteer or partnership network.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

quiet walks in nature. Encounters with wildlife and seasonal changes there.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

informative, friendly and unobtrusive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build an observatory and buy some telescopes for nightsky viewing programs. Buy and preserve and provide access to more land, different environments. Hire another naturalist or two. Pay Patty Weiss what she's worth.

Ways to make it better...

there were a few more labels on trees, plants, and locations (fen, meadow, second-growth forest, etc.) There was a listening station with audio of bird calls and songs heard at specific times of year in particular habitats at BWNC.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

money, maintenance and encroaching development (if it's not encroaching now, it will be)

One thing I'd also say is that...

they do a great job with the resources they have, and deserve more support and recognition from local, county, state and federal honchos.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Walked, learned, observed, listened.