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America’s State Parks to Host First Day Hikes

Share your adventures using #FirstDayHikesFather and daughter hold hands on a hike

Kick-start your New Year’s resolution to keep in shape with an invigorating First Day Hike at a state park near you! All 50 states are participating in the fourth annual national event that invites families to celebrate the New Year with guided outdoor adventures. Last year, more than 27,000 people covered around 66,000 miles on 885 hikes in state parks across the country. Read more »


Park Quest 2014 Reaches End of Trail with Fun and Prizes

Kids practicing putting out mock wildfires at the Forestry Service's display

Kids practicing putting out mock wildfires at the Forestry Service’s display

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 »


DNR to Host Day to Serve Projects September 11-28

A family particpating in last year's Day to Serve, planting trees at Patapsco ValleyState Park

A family participates in last year’s Day to Serve by planting trees at Patapsco Valley State Park

Volunteers needed to help with State Park Cleanups Sept. 27

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is participating in the multi-state Day to Serve volunteer effort kicking off September 11. The agency is hosting a number of service projects, from a statewide food drive to State Park cleanups, giving Marylanders the opportunity to help their fellow citizens and their natural world. Read more »


DNR Brings the Great Outdoors to the Maryland State Fair!

Bird as part of the Scales and Tales program at the State Fair Discover the beauty and wonder of Maryland’s great outdoors through an interactive exhibit hosted by the Department of Natural Resources at the 133rd State Fair in Timonium, August 22 through September 1. The exhibit will be open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Read more »


$10,000 Diamond Jim on the Loose!

A tagged fish ready for release

A tagged fish ready for release

The hunt is on! The Diamond Jim component of the 2014 Maryland Fishing Challenge kicked off today when DNR biologists and members of the Maryland Youth Fishing Club caught, tagged and released the first round of striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay. One of these tagged fish is the official Diamond Jim, worth $10,000 to the angler who catches it before midnight on June 30, 2014. The other tagged “imposter” rockfish are worth at least $500 each if caught and registered before midnight on Labor Day, September 1, 2014. Read more »


June is Great Outdoors Month: Get outside with New DNR Mobile App

Courtesy of Brian Walsh

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 »


Maryland Free Fishing Days: June 7, 14 and July 4

Young girl fishing with grandfather at Gunpowder Falls State Park 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 »


New Germany State Park to Feature Greg Latta in Concert

Greg Latta Performing

Greg Latta

When:  Saturday, May 31 at 7 p.m.  
Where: New Germany State Park Lake House, 349 Headquarters Lane, Grantsville
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Free
Contact: 301-895-5453 or

New Germany State Park will feature the acoustic sounds of local musician Greg Latta as he performs a combination of Appalachian, Irish, old-time and traditional music using variety of instruments at the park’s Lake House. Read more »


NRP Wins Award for State of the Art Enforcement Tool

A screen shot from MLEIN of the targeted dredge boat inside the boundary of the oyster sanctuary.

A screen shot from MLEIN of a targeted dredge boat inside the boundary of the oyster sanctuary.

Maryland’s newest tool to detect natural resources lawbreakers, protect the homeland and assist boaters in distress was recognized earlier this month by the Maryland Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration at its annual meeting in Baltimore.

The Agency Award for Innovations in Public Service was presented to DNR Deputy Secretary Frank Dawson and Capt. David Larsen of the Maryland Natural Resources Police on May 13 for the development and use of the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN). Read more »


Fort Frederick to Host Families in Nature Memorial Day Weekend

A young visitor viewing the skythrough the park’s telescope

When: May 24 & 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Rd, Big Pool
Cost: Md. residents: $3/car; Non-residents: $5/car
Contact: 301-842-2155

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 »