Recreation areas in Allegany, Caroline, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Kent, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Washington and Wicomico counties will soon receive funding for upgrades through Program Open Space. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis. Read more
Successful summer parks program completes seventh year
Today marked a momentous occasion for the 261 young men and women ─ joined by their friends, families and mentors ─ who graduated from the Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC) at a ceremony at North Point State Park in Baltimore County. During their work with the six-week summer job program, Corps members helped enhance park land while gaining green jobs experience and an appreciation for nature.
Maryland families will continue to benefit from Maryland’s signature Program Open Space with yesterday’s Board of Public Works’ approval of funding for recreational upgrades in Kent and Prince George’s counties. Read more
Kids and parents rejoice ─ the Maryland Bay Game: Explore & Restore is now available at libraries, State Parks and visitor centers statewide! For the 17th year, DNR’s popular activity booklet is back with educational games, activities and challenges for kids to learn about and connect with the natural world around them.
“The Maryland Bay Game helps families enjoy the great outdoors while encouraging sustainability and stewardship,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. “The booklet is designed to help parents and teachers talk to children about how the small daily actions they take today, can make a big difference in the health of our water, land and air tomorrow.” Read more
The Maryland Environmental Trust (MET) awarded a total of $9,000 to 21 community groups and schools across the State to restore streamside habitats, create community gardens and educate citizens about the environment as part of the Keep Maryland Beautiful program.
“MET is pleased to provide financial assistance to schools and nonprofit groups to promote environmental education and projects that enhance and maintain the environment,” said MET Director Elizabeth Buxton. “Keep Maryland Beautiful is the oldest program administered by MET and is funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration and through private contributions.” Read more
DNR seeking partner shooting ranges and sportsmen’s groups
The National Shooting Sports Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to DNR’s Wildlife and Heritage Service to help create a new Maryland Hunting and Shooting Sports Outreach Program to provide ‘next step’ assistance for novice hunters and shooters of all ages to feel comfortable engaging in these activities. Read more
In celebration of Maryland’s abundant natural resources and exciting recreational opportunities, Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month. Even better, enjoying the State’s outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app, AccessDNR! Read more
Everyone is invited to grab a rod, get outside and enjoy the State’s excellent fishing opportunities through free fishing days on June 7, June 14 and July 4. No fishing license, stamp or registration is required to recreationally fish in State waters on these days. Read more
Park staff invite outdoor enthusiasts to experience the scenic wilds of Fort Frederick State Park through a variety of activities and guided explorations at the Families in Nature Memorial Day weekend. The two-day event will feature programs and presentations, along with plenty of ways for visitors to enjoy the park on their own, or with the help of a ranger. Read more
Events in Baltimore, Garrett, Queen Anne’s and Somerset CountiesWho: Youth ages 8-16 When: Saturdays in June Where: Across the State Cost: Free
Youth with an interest in hunting, shooting sports and wildlife management are invited to participate in a regional summer Junior Hunter Field Day event. Staff from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and representatives from sporting and conservation groups will use hand-on activities to teach participants about natural resources stewardship, wildlife biology, shooting safety and ethical conduct in the field. Read more