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We want to entice YOU to experience nature, culture, history, and recreation in this wonderful 745-acre park in central Baltimore.

Druid Hill Park Passport 

When Baltimore Green Map created the tantalizing, informative Druid Hill Park Green Map, we set aside 5000 maps for this Passport project. Why? Because it's one thing to learn about a place by reading a map, but our goal is to have more people experience more aspects of the park, to visit it frequently, and ultimately become advocates for maintaining and improving it.  "Discover. Enjoy. Learn. Be active!" covers the sequence we hope to inspire. This Kickstarter will fund activity refinement, graphic design, and printing of 5000 passports

The Passport, accompanied by the DH map, will be a guide to this wonderful 745-acre park in the center of Baltimore, Maryland. It will contain 16 pages of activities to help you get to know the park through experiences around the themes: Nature, Exercise, History and Culture.  With each activity you will record the results, then bring the passport to the Conservatory to get it stamped. Actually observing, listening, walking, running, playing, relaxing at places throughout the park, then recording, composing, drawing, imitating, exerting, imagining....how can you resist becoming a Druid Hill Park fan? Passport + map will be available for free at places and events in the park and by request.

Key to this project is our use of the international Green Map® icons to signify the resources in the park and to be the actual stamps. I started Baltimore Green Map as the local mapmaking affiliate of this international network. I wanted to "map the positives" here in Baltimore, the places that contribute to making this such an interesting and livable city. We look forward to sharing this project as a model for other Green Mappers, now active in 63 countries worldwide, mapping what makes communities livable and sustainable.

We are testing ideas now with Friends of Druid Hill Park members, park-enthusiast families, and willing neighbors to be sure the instructions are clear and the activities engaging. Our graphic designer, Elizabeth Gething, has created some fine sample pages! 

Our Incentives

The Passport is very much a collaborative project. Advocates and stewards of the park are pitching in to offer a wide variety of incentives.  You can choose rewards that highlight any of our themes - nature, exercise, history & culture - or just feel good that you are helping.  We will invite you to a celebration at the very wonderful Rawlings Conservatory when the Passport is completed, but will send it out if you cannot attend. 

Even if you don't live in Baltimore, you will love the map, created in collaboration with graphic designer Joanne Cooper Wingard. It was featured in the most recent Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial exhibit.

I'm grateful to my Passport partners - the Friends of Druid Hill Park, the Rawlings Conservatory staff, Disc Golfers, and Baltimore City Recreation & Parks Department.  Huge thanks to Chris Hartlove who helped me create our video, to Harlan Brothers for use of his music, "Secret Song," and to you Kickstarters who help us complete this project!

FAQ

  • First things first. We want to reach the broadest possible range of people, all backgrounds, all ages, tech savvy or no. And phone reception in the park is not consistent. We don't want to frustrate people. For children it's easier to feel ownership with a paper passport, a solid possession. There's also a desire to get people focused on being present in the place without constant need to reference a device. One supporter said, "What a great antidote to Nature Deficit Disorder!"

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    Our gratitude and appreciation! + immediate thanks on Baltimore Green Map's Facebook page.

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    Above + Druid Hill Park Green Map, a much-admired 18 x 24 map of Baltimore's Druid Hill Park - its features, charms, history and opportunities - folds to a pocket-sized 3.5 x 5. (It’s darn attractive even if you don’t live in Baltimore!)

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    Did you enjoy that music? We'll send you the link to download a high-quality version of "Secret Song" by Harlan Brothers (both instrumental & vocal versions) to listen to as you jog or walk around the park. Map to guide you, too.

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    Above + completed Druid Hill Park Passport! Meet us at the Conservatory for the Passport Debut Party. We'll let you know the date.

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    Map, Passport, Passport Party invite + 2 colorful buttons advertising why YOU like Druid Hill Park. You will select the two Green Map icons you want featured on your buttons. Will it be for Running, Bicycling, Playing Sports, Trees, Volunteering, the Conservatory, History, or Birdwatching?

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    Above + a pass for 2 bike rentals during this season's popular Ride Around the Reservoir evenings, Wednesdays & Thursdays through October. Enjoy the park while we create the passport...

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    One-hour personal guided tour of the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Garden, to be scheduled during 2012, complete with botanical marvels and anecdotes, historical, amazing, and amusing. Facebook Thanks + Map + Passport/ Party invite.

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    Simply a Disc Golf Lesson and an opportunity to play a round with the pros. Inspiration to become a regular on the DH Disc Golf Course? Facebook Thanks + Map + Passport/Party Invite.

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    Full Moon Walk, a guided hike through the back trails of the park for 4 people. (You will join in on one of the moonlit walks scheduled for Fall 2012 or Spring 2013) plus Facebook Thanks + Map + Passport/ Party invite.

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    Disc Golf Lesson on the fabulous DH Park Disc Golf Course + play 9 holes with a pro + 3-disc starter kit - Facebook Thanks + map + Passport Party invite.

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    Learn even more about Druid Hill Park. Receive a copy of an essential reference used to create the DH map - Druid Hill Park: The Heart of Historic Baltimore [Paperback] by Eden Unger Bowditch and Anne Draddy, a Baltimore Green Map advisor. Facebook Thanks + Map + Passport/ Party invite.

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    Registration for the 2013 Tour D'em Parks bike ride in early June including the ever-popular T-shirt (you know how fabulous the T design always is!) + map, passport & party invite.

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    Race Entry for Celtic Solstice 5K on December 15, 2012. Facebook Thanks + Map + Passport/ Party invite.

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    1.5-hour Guided Tour of Highlights of Historic Druid Hill Park for you and 5 friends. Maps included, of course! Facebook Thanks + Passport/Party invite.

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    Three-hour Tour of the Park for up to 12 people, led by one of the knowledgable, entertaining tour guides from Friends of Druid Hill Park. Maps + Passport/ Party invite.

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    Free rental of an historic pavilion in Druid Hill Park for a special event. Must be scheduled for 2013 - They are very popular! + Facebook thanks + map + Passport /Party invite.

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    25 Maps + 25 Passports + customized-to-your-interests guided tour. Recognition on Baltimore Green Map's website as a Passport Sponsor. Facebook Thanks + Map + Passport/ Party invite. Gratitude!!!

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    Above + Recognition on the Passport itself as a Sponsor. Gratitude!!!!!!

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