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Posts from the ‘Maryland State Parks’ Category


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 »


Newtowne Neck State Park to Reopen to Hunting

Newtowne Neck State Park will reopen to public hunting December 15 through February 4, 2015 as part of an interim program for the 2014-2015 season. The site will allow for hunting of small/upland game, deer, turkeys, geese and riparian waterfowl. Read more »


DNR Seeks Disability Advisory Council Members

DNR Disability Advisory Council

DNR Disability Advisory Council

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is recruiting seven volunteers experienced in enhancing access and opportunities for people with disabilities to join its Disability Advisory Council. Participants should be knowledgeable in recreational public access, building design, and employing people with disabilities. Read more »


Bidding Opens for Trapping Privileges on Select Lower Eastern Shore DNR Properties

Muskrat The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is accepting bids for the 2014-2015 trapping seasons at Cedar Island, Deal Island, E. A. Vaughn, Fairmount, Isle of Wight, Maryland Marine Properties, Pocomoke River, Pocomoke Sound, Sinepuxent Bay, South Marsh Island, Wellington, and Johnson wildlife management areas (WMA), Hickory Point Natural Heritage Area and Janes Island State Park. Read more »


Maryland Park Service Selected as a Telly Award Winner

Creators Diane Feheley, Christina Holden and Stephen Badger of the Maryland Park Service

The Telly Awards has named the Maryland Park Service as a Bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their piece, Gratitude for Maryland State Parks. With nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 states and numerous countries, this is truly an honor. Read more »


Firewood Can Carry Invasive Hitchhikers Detrimental to Ash Trees

Emerald Ash Borer BeetleCitizens reminded to buy local wood

As winter approaches and citizens stock up on firewood for the cold months ahead, many do not realize they may be bringing home more than burning supplies. With firewood being the main means of transport for the destructive emerald ash borer beetle, the State reminds all Marylanders to buy their wood locally to help limit the spread.  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 »


Annapolis Woman Wins Top Prize in DNR Photo Contest

Winnning Photo: Red-footed Cannibalfly by Laurie Brice

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 »


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 »


NRP Charges 10 Men with Riding Off-Road Vehicles on Protected State Land

Natural Resources Police LogoActing on a citizen complaint, Maryland Natural Resources Police officers charged 10 all-terrain vehicle riders Saturday with illegally operating in the Youghiogheny Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA) in Western Maryland. Read more »