Mid-Atlantic

The diverse states of the Mid-Atlantic region are defined by one unifying feature: water. NWF’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Center work is grounded in programs that help connect local communities to nature and conserve water systems to sustain precious wildlife and habitat.

brook trout

Clean Water Advocacy in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

Everyone wants it. It provides countless benefits to public health, local economies, and quality of life. With it, wildlife thrives, communities flourish, and anglers smile. I’m talking of course, about …

Dune and Marsh Vegetation

Living Shorelines Build Resilient Coasts

A History of Living Shorelines in Maryland What is a living shoreline? Well, many people have a general idea. But for those that are unfamiliar, the term ‘living shoreline’ defines …

A mural that reads "stay golden" with native plants underneath.

Creating Resilient and Equitable Cities through Vacant Lot Restoration

As we begin to feel the intensifying effects of climate change, there is an urgent need to address environmental and public health crises in frontline communities. In the Mid-Atlantic, we …

Oyster castles teeming with oysters.

Oyster Retrofit – A Wildlife-Friendly Technique to Green Grey Infrastructure

The National Wildlife Federation is working with scientists at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory (UMCES) to develop a novel restoration technique to green grey …

blue crab

A Shot in the Arm for Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay For years, lawmakers on Capitol Hill have spoken on the need to invest in our country’s infrastructure. After countless speeches and many failed attempts, it’s possible …

Return of Brood X Cicadas

A Short Celebration in the Sun Americans are about to experience a rare phenomenon for the first time in 17 years: the return of Brood X periodical cicadas! Last seen …

A flying heron in a wetland

Choose Clean Water Coalition: Empowering Young Professionals of Color through…

Many communities in the Mid-Atlantic region are facing conservation challenges, the impacts of climate change, and long-standing disinvestment in water infrastructure. To address the array of clean water challenges facing …

Vacant Lots to Pollinator Habitat in Philadelphia, PA

Over the past two years, the National Wildlife Federation has been working with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to transform a network of 26 vacant lots in West and Northwest Philadelphia …

Oxford Living Shoreline – Where Innovation Meets Community Science

The Town of Oxford is a vibrant small town on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. This area forms a peninsula sandwiched between the Choptank and Tred Avon River’s of the …

Oysters growing on oyster castles in a clear river

Greening the Grey to Grow More Oysters in the Bay

Oysters grow throughout the saltier parts of the Chesapeake Bay. They filter the water, provide ideal habitat for juvenile fish and crabs, and are pretty tasty on a dinner plate. …

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