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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 »


Public Invited to Discuss Patuxent River State Park Trail Assessment

biking newWhen: Thursday, June 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Izaak Walton League of America, 26430 Mullinix Mill Road, Mount Airy 

Who: Open to the Public

Contact: 410-260-8149 or 

The Maryland Park Service invites residents to join them for a public meeting to discuss an ongoing assessment of existing trail at Patuxent River State Park, which will help guide future park conservation and recreation activities.

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Love Maryland’s Outdoors? There’s an App for That!

DNR launches mobile app featuring recreation opportunities and news updates

AccessDNR App

AccessDNR App

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.

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DNR Seeking Public Input on Proposed Recreation Plan for State Lands

kayaker wearing lifejacket

Photo Credit: Kent Carlson

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 »


First Day Hikes See Record Participation Nationwide

A First Day Hike at Patapsco Valley state Park

A First Day Hike at Patapsco Valley State Park in Md.

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 »


America’s State Parks to Host First Day Hikes

Rocks State Park, Md.

Rocks State Park, Md.

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 to Feature Greg Latta in Concert

Greg Latta

Greg Latta

When: Saturday, August 24 at 7 p.m.
Where: New Germany State Park, 349 Headquarters Lane, Grantsville
Who: Open to the Public
Cost: Free
Contact: 301-895-5453

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 »


DNR to Celebrate the Great American Backyard Campout

Maryland Park Ranger Christina Holden telling stories at last year's Government House Campout event

Maryland Park Ranger Christina Holden telling stories at last year’s Government House Campout event

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 »


Park Quest Registration to Open May 13

Interested families encouraged to register right away

PQ TeamFamilies 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 »


Washington Monument State Park to Unveil New Museum

Washington Monument Visitors Center

Washington Monument Visitors Center

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

Contact: 301-791-4656

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 »