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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 »


Maryland Dedicates State Park Visitor Center in Memory of Longtime DNR Employee

William Offutt Johnson

William Offutt Johnson

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Board of Public Works today named the visitor center at the Patapsco Valley State Park Avalon Area in honor of the late William Offutt Johnson, a longtime DNR employee with an unwavering passion for protecting and enhancing Maryland’s natural lands, and connecting people with the outdoors. Read more »


NRP Reports Labor Day Holiday Celebrated Safely

Children Tubing

Marylanders celebrated the end of summer by having a safe Labor Day weekend on State lands and waterways, the Natural Resources Police reported. Read more »


NRP Urges Everyone to Put Safety First this Holiday Weekend

lifeThe Maryland Natural Resources Police urge everyone this Labor Day holiday to put safety first.

“Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer as tens of thousands of residents and visitors head out on the water, relax in our State’s parks and campgrounds, and begin early hunting seasons,” said Colonel George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “Plan ahead and be vigilant. We need everyone to do their part.”

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North Point State Park to Celebrate War of 1812 Bicentennial

The event will feature battle reenactments

The event will feature battle reenactments

As part of the statewide Star-Spangled Spectacular, North Point State Park will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of North Point, a turning point in the War of 1812 that proved the tenacity of the citizens of Baltimore and their fight for American independence. 

Taking place throughout the day September 6 and 7, this free event will feature expansive tours of Veteran’s Park and Fort Howard, family-friendly activities, war reenactments and much more! Read more »


261 Young People Graduate from Conservation Jobs Corps

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.

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Four New Maryland Fishing Records Set

Maryland angler catches first State record snakehead

Berry holding his record snakehead

Berry and his record snakehead

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources certified two northern snakehead, one cobia and one wahoo State record fish in June. The first-ever record snakehead was trumped in a matter of hours by another angler’s catch.   Read more »