DNR launches mobile app featuring recreation opportunities and news updates
Enjoying Maryland’s great outdoors has never been easier with the Department of Natural Resource’s new mobile app! The AccessDNR app provides the State’s hunters, anglers, boaters, park-goers ─ anyone seeking outside adventure ─ all of the latest in nature-related recreation, information and news right at their fingertips.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public input on the final draft of the Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, developed to enhance recreation areas and services on State lands. The plan was devised using public input gathered during a random telephone survey, an online survey and through four regional stakeholder meetings. Read more
The Maryland Park Service hosts 25 hikes and nearly 900 participants
From Hawaii to Texas to Maine, a record-breaking 27,861 people from across the nation kicked off the New Year with First Day Hikes January 1. All 50 states joined in on the fun, offering special hikes and activities to encourage their citizens to get outside and enjoy the sights, sounds and wonders of nature. Read more
Share your adventures using #FirstDayHikes
Looking for an invigorating way to kick off the New Year? Ring in 2014 with a First Day Hike January 1 in a state park near you! All 50 states are participating in the third annual event that invites families and friends to celebrate the New Year amid the sights, sounds and wonder of our natural world with fun, guided hikes. Read more
New Germany State Park will feature the acoustic sounds of local musician Greg Latta performing a combination of Appalachian, Irish, old-time and traditional music using variety of instruments, taking place at the park’s Lake House. Read more
Encourages outdoor recreation throughout the summer
Marylanders are encouraged to kick off summer by pitching a tent in a State park, forest or even in their own backyards on Saturday, June 22, for the National Wildlife Federation’s 9th annual Great American Backyard Campout.
“I encourage everyone to gather friends or family and celebrate the Great American Backyard Campout,” said First Lady Katie O’Malley. “Camping brings a special joy and excitement that comes from spending time with those special to you, under the stars, telling stories, and taking in the sights and sounds of nature ─ simple activities that lead to everlasting memories.” Read more
Interested families encouraged to register right away
Families across the State are gearing up for a summer of adventure with the Maryland Park Service’s annual park-hopping challenge, Where a Family Becomes a Team. Registration for Park Quest 2013 opens at 6 p.m. on May 13. The event is expected to fill up quickly so interested participants are encouraged to register right away. Read more
Who: Open to the public
What: Museum Grand Opening Celebration
Where: Washington Monument State Park, 6620 Zittlestown Rd., Middletown
When: Saturday, May 11 from 12 to 3 p.m.
Cost: $3 per vehicle
Calling all nature lovers and history buffs! Washington Monument State Park is unveiling its newly renovated museum at a grand opener celebration, featuring fun, family-friendly tours, activities and presentations. Read more
Who: Open to the Public, Ages 8 and up
Contact: 301-895-5453 or firstname.lastname@example.org
New Germany and Big Run State Parks need volunteers to help pull garlic mustard, an invasive species that spreads aggressively and out-competes native plants. Read more
Who: Open to the Public
What: Central Region Outdoor Recreation Evaluation
When: June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Howard County Robinson Nature Center, 6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking citizens for their thoughts on State parks and lands at a public input meeting, or through a quick and easy online survey. The Department held meetings in other regions earlier this year but the one in central Maryland was cancelled because of inclement weather. Read more