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State Approves Recreation Upgrades for Park in Garrett County

Children walking along a path on a sunny day Garrett County families will benefit from Maryland’s signature Program Open Space with today’s Board of Public Works’ approval of funding for recreational upgrades to Eastern Garrett Park.

“Through Program Open Space, in coordination with our local partners, we continue to improve existing recreation areas, ensuring they remain safe and well-maintained, and meet the changing needs of our local communities,” said Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, who presided over the meeting. Read more »


Dan’s Mountain State Park to Host 6,000-Egg Hunt!

egg 2Who: Ages 12 and under
When: Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m.
Where: Dan’s Mountain State Park, 17410 Recreation Area Road SW, Lonaconing
Cost: Free
Contact: 301-895-5453

The annual Egg Hunt at Dan’s Mountain is back and better than ever, with more than 6,000 candy-filled eggs hidden in the park’s pool area, and a variety door prizes up for grabs!  Read more »


National Park Service Approves Maryland’s Land Preservation and Recreation Plan

Qualifies State for Federal Land Acquisition Funding

The National Park Service has approved Maryland’s five-year Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, allowing the State to move forward with a variety of projects that will enhance recreation areas and services on public lands, and protect natural resources and open space. Developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with federal, State, county and local officials, and stakeholders and citizens, the plan’s approval qualifies the State to receive land acquisition money through the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Read more »


Maryland’s Spring Turkey Hunts to Open

AmericanProfile009_printYouth hunters will kick-off Maryland’s spring turkey season with the Junior Turkey Hunt on April 12 statewide, and April 13 on private land in Calvert, Caroline, Charles and St. Mary’s counties and private and public land in Dorchester County. The regular spring turkey season will run from April 18 to May 23 statewide. Read more »


April is Environmental Education Month

April is Environmental Education Month

April is Environmental Education Month

Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed April Environmental Education Month in Maryland in recognition of public and private efforts to help children connect with and learn about their natural world.

“Maryland continues to serve as a national model for quality public education — that’s why Education Week ranked our public schools number one in the nation for five years in a row,” said Governor O’Malley. “We were the first state in the nation to adopt environmental literacy graduation requirements, which now serve as a key component of our State’s curriculum. Every day, our educators are being given more tools to create special learning opportunities that will better enable Maryland students to become informed and responsible stewards of our natural world.”

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DNR Kicks Off the 11th Annual Natural Resource Photo Contest

Now Accepting Online Submissions

Calling all photographers ─ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. New this year, the contest now features an additional category and an online submission option! Read more »


Gambrill State Park to Host Youth Fishing Rodeo

A young boy pond-fishing showing off his yellow perch catchWho: Ages 14 and under (registration required)
When: Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Gambrill State Park, 8602 Gambrill Park Road, Frederick
Cost: Park Entry Fee $3/vehicle State residents & $5/vehicle non-residents
Contact: 301-271-7574

Young anglers are invited to spend a few hours on the water fishing for trout at Gambrill State Park’s Youth Fishing Rodeo. The park’s Rock Run pond will be stocked with fish ready for action! Read more »


Assateague State Park to Host Bunny Hop Egg Hunt

Who: Ages 10 and under
When: Saturday, April 12 from 12 to 2 p.m.
Where: Assateague State Park, 7307 Stephen Decatur Highway, Berlin
Cost: Free
Contact: 410-641-2120 ext. 13

Participants will hop down the bunny trail at Assateague State Park in search of hidden eggs containing goodies! The event will kick off with a live animal display, crafts and activities, including a raffle and guessing games, with the hunt beginning promptly at 1 p.m. Read more »


Recreation Areas in Prince George’s and Washington Counties to See Enhancements

A couple hiking alond a dirt trail in the woods

Photo By Stephen Badger

Recreation areas in Prince George’s and Washington 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 »


TREE-MENDOUS Now Accepting Spring Orders

Schools, churches, organizations and businesses looking to green their community are encouraged to check out the recently released TREE-MENDOUS 2014 order form, which features high-quality, native trees and shrubs available at discounted prices for plantings on public lands. Read more »