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Passport to Adventure via the Druid Hill Park Green Map

Passport's Inside Front Cover

In 2010 we made a very popular Green Map for a major park in Baltimore, the Druid Hill Park Green Map. So many people admired it, but never went to the park that I was determined to make an activity-oriented passport to encourage full exploration of the park's resources. Last summer I used the Kickstarter crowd-sourced funding platform to raise the major chunk of money needed. And just 2 weeks ago, on April 19, we launched the Passport at a party that also kicked off Baltimore's 10th Annual Green Week.

The major themes of Nature, History, Exercise and Culture delineate activities in four distinct regions of the park. The icons and location on the map are referenced on each page , and colorful icon sticker "stamps" match each activity. We also emphasized volunteer opportunities and are using the stickers as a way to draw people inside the Conservatory, now celebrating its 125th anniversary. Another way we will know it is successful is if we attract more people to join the park's "Friends of..." advocacy organization.

Here's a quote from someone who tried it out:

"My son and I did a few of the activities and looked at the map online. We really liked that there are drawing, counting, reading, smelling, listening, and poetry activities and the treasure hunt quality of it. In fact, it almost needs a geocache! I particularly liked that you used the Green Map Icons, which will help familiarize people with the symbols and meanings, for other map applications. Awesome job overall!"

Note - Baltimore Sun article here.