Kids and family self-guided activity: Hunt the HarborWalk

Each of the 42 Story Posts contains a square raised icon. Download and print a ‘Hunt The HarborWalk’ worksheet and while you’re on your walk make a rubbing of each symbol with a pencil or crayon in the squares provided.

Any child who hunts and finds each trail marker icon can receive a certificate signed by the Mayor for becoming an official “HarborWalk Explorer”.

Print out a tracing master sheet (see attached PDF) ahead of time and bring with you, OR check at the Chamber or Stage Fort Welcoming Center for copies. Contact: friends of the HarborWalk at gharborwalk@gmail.com


Along the HarborWalk are beautiful gardens with plantings indigenous to Cape Ann and North America that provide sustenance for birds, bees, and butterflies.

Designed by Kim Smith to provide four seasons of interest, these gardens are low-maintenance habitats to benefit pollinators. Visitors are inspired to locate and identify the tremendous wealth of flora and fauna found on Cape Ann and to translate that information to their own gardens.

Of particular note and a major component of the horticultural master plan are habitats created to help support the migratory species of birds and butterflies that travel annually through the region. Cape Ann lies within a largely unrestricted north-south corridor for migratory species of birds and insects and, in particular, Gloucester’s easternmost point is a unique and important destination along the Monarch Butterflies annual fall migration.

The tulip trees (Liriodendron tulipifera) planted at St. Peter’s Square was selected not only for their great beauty and because they are excellent shade trees, but because of their historical significance relative to Gloucester. Tulip poplar is the primary wood used in the nation’s premier organ building studio, Gloucester’s own CB Fisk, and remains today the wood of choice for ship masts. The foliage of the tulip tree is one of the caterpillar food plants of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly.

The Magnolia Virginiana planted at the I4-C2 Connector Garden is also one of the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail caterpillar food plants, as well as the food plant for the stunning Cecropia moth. Magnolia virginiana, like much of the flora growing throughout New England, was nearly collected to extinction. For this reason, the New England Wildflower Society was founded in 1900 to educate, promote, and conserve the region’s native flowering shrubs, trees, wildflowers, and ferns.


Along the HarborWalk you will find a variety of public art such as- The iconic Fisherman at the WheelFishermen’s Wives, Joan of Arc, and Fitz Henry Lane (Artist at the wheel) monuments; beautifully detailed WPA-era murals at City Hall and Sawyer Free Library; contemporary photography; street art;  and installations by winners of the Gloucester HarborWalk Public Art Challenge commissioned by the Committee for the Arts (CFTA) on behalf of the City of Gloucester.