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Ecology Habitat, Wildlife, and Flora 

Lush forests, rushing streams, abundant wildlife-- Gwynns Falls Leakin Park has it all.  We have collected these links to help those who are interested in learning about-- and contributing to-- our understanding of the ecology of the Park. 

Forest Management Plan

In 2017 the city commissioned Biohabitats, a local environmental consulting firm, to create a Forest Management Plan for the Park. The result is an extremely detailed inventory of the dominant over- and under-story species of the forest, as well as a thorough catalog of the location and density of non-native invasive species.  Check it out here.


Bioblitz is an event where participants work together to identify and record as many living organisms as they can.  The first Leakin Park Bioblitz, in April of 2018, resulted in hundreds of observations and recordings. 

Since then, many other intrepid naturalists have added to the recorded species in the park.  Bioblitz is held yearly at the Carrie Murray Nature Center.


Ela-cita Carpenter, a West Baltimore native, studied bats of Baltimore as part of her PhD project. 

Ela-cita wrote about the bats of Leakin Park for our Winter 2017 newsletter.  See the excerpted article here.

Big Trees

The Park is blessed with several notable trees. These are trees which are at least 70% of the size of the State Champion of a species.

Check out the tree listings, search for Baltimore city, and scroll down to find several Notable trees in Gwynns Falls Leakin Park.

Where is the park? 

On the western edge of Baltimore, right where Interstate 70 terminates.

39° 18′ 23″ N, 76° 41′ 27″ W
39.306389, -76.690833

Mailing Address:

Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park
15 Benway Court
Catonsville, Md. 21228

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