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Patapsco Valley State Park to Host Family Fun Day

Ranger Bode shows a screech owl at a Scales & Tales Program

When: Sunday, April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Patapsco Valley State Park, 5120 South Street, Halethorpe
Cost: Free with coupon
Contact: 410-465-3287
Who: Open to the Public

Patapsco Valley State Park staff invites visitors to join them for an afternoon of crafts, a Scales & Tales live animal display, relay races, tree plantings, disc golf, nature programs and more!

“We invite everyone to help us kick off spring and summer at Patapsco Valley State Park with free entry, family-friendly activities, and exploration of the park’s diverse outdoor opportunities,” said Volunteer Coordinator Donna Seymour. “We have something for all ages and interests so come by and check it out!” Read more »


NRP Honors Officers, Promotes 25 in Annual Awards Ceremony

NRP Officers at Annual Awards Ceremony

NRP Officers at Annual Awards Ceremony
L-R: Sgt. Charles Simmons, Cpl. Rick Starliper, Officer First Class James Seward and Senior Officer Hubert Brohawn III

The Maryland Natural Resources Police promoted 25 officers and recognized the outstanding work of two dozen other officers and allied agencies at its annual awards ceremony Thursday night, April 17, at Chesapeake College. 

“Your service, your commitment, your dedication make all of us proud to call ourselves Marylanders,” said Gov. Martin O’Malley in a recorded address. “Every time you put on your uniforms and walk out the door, you do so in order to serve our citizens and you personify the core values of the NRP: Integrity, dedication, professionalism and courtesy.”

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Assateague State Park Project Puts Hold on Campsite Reservations for 2015

camper at AssateagueAssateague State Park is holding off on accepting reservations for the 2015 camping season until it has a more finite schedule for a proposed winter project. The park will announce an update on the project’s status and designate an opening date on its website October 6. Staff will not have any further information until this time. Read more »


Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area Now 773 Acres Larger

Myrtle nrmaThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources has increased the Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area, located in Charles County, by more than 30 percent. The new 773-acre parcel, known as the Pomfret Tract, is now open to the public. With this addition, Myrtle Grove encompasses 2,496 acres and has replaced Cedar Point as the largest Wildlife Management Area in the Southern Maryland.   Read more »


Register Now: Wye-Tri Adventure Race at Wye Island NRMA

Who: Ages 14 and older
When: Saturday, May 3, Race begins at 8 a.m.
Where: Wye Island NRMA, 632 Wye Island Road, Queenstown
Cost: $15 per person
Contact: 410-827-7577

Register now to run, paddle and ride through the Wye Island Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) during the 3rd annual Wye-Tri Adventure Race. This year, the race is returning to the popular 2012 format, which includes three segments: running, kayaking and mountain biking.   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 »


Public Information Meeting: North Point State Battlefield Project

Battlefield of North Point State Park

Battlefield of North Point State Park

Who: Open to the public
When: April 3 at 6 p.m.
Where: Takos Visitor Center in North Point State Park (8400 North Point Road; Edgemere, MD)
Contact: (410) 260-8161 or e-mail

The Maryland Park Service Superintendent and staff will hold a public information meeting for the purpose of presenting the plans for the North Point State Battlefield Park Project, which is planned for the intersection of North Point Road and Trappe Road in Dundalk, Maryland.

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Bill Passed to Permanently Preserve 22,000 Acres of Maryland Wild Areas

The Youghiogheny River Scenic Corridor is a candidate for Wildland designation in Garrett County

The Youghiogheny River Scenic Corridor is a candidate for Wildland designation in Garrett County

Governor O’Malley will sign legislation expanding the State’s Wildlands system by 50 percent

The Maryland General Assembly today passed legislation (SB 336/HB 296) to expand Maryland’s Wildlands system by 50 percent, permanently protecting the wilderness character of 22,000 acres of sensitive State-owned lands. Governor Martin O’Malley formally proposed the legislation at the beginning of the General Assembly session in January.

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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 »