Governor O’Malley reminds of new Marylanders Plant Trees goal
With the season’s cooler temperatures, moderate rainfall and soft ground, autumn is one of the best times to plant a tree. Today, Governor Martin O’Malley reminds citizens to take advantage of fall’s opportunities and, in doing so, help Maryland reach its latest goal of 150,000 trees by January 1, 2015. Read more
Under bright, blue skies, more than 1,200 people Saturday celebrated the end of summer and all things special about Maryland State Parks at the seventh annual Park Quest Rendezvous.
A total of 266 teams took part in activities at Patapsco Valley State Park, ranging from Ranger Bingo to the Natural Resources Police’s Water Safety instruction. At the end of the day, participants whose tickets were drawn won prize packages guaranteed to spark continued outdoors adventures. Read more
Recreational areas in Carroll, Charles and Worcester counties will soon obtain funding 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
Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill today announced the winners of the 11th annual Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Approximately 150 photographers entered nearly 800 photographs this year. Laurie Brice of Annapolis earned the grand prize for her up-close Red-footed Cannibalfly taken at the Glendenning Butterfly Garden within the Jug Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Read more
Recreational areas in Calvert, Cecil, Frederick, Howard, Talbot and Washington counties will soon receive funding through Program Open Space and the Community Parks and Playgrounds Program. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the projects at today’s meeting in Annapolis.
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