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Earth Day Celebrated at Maryland State Parks

Stewardship Opportunities Abound April 22

Earth Day gives people all over the planet a chance to do some good for our environment and society, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites everyone to help out Sunday, April 22.

The Maryland Park Service is hosting several events in every region of the state.

In Cecil County, celebrate Earth Day at 9 a.m. by catching a glimpse of majestic bald eagles along the banks of Elk Neck State Park. Join a ranger at the Rogues Harbor Area to learn more about this bird of prey through various activities, including an ambassador from the Scales & Tales program.

Cunningham Falls State Park in Mountain Maryland will host a Talon Talk featuring their resident birds of prey. Attendees can engage in a craft putting recyclables to another use. Activities start at 10:30 a.m.

In Southern Maryland, Calvert Cliffs State Park encourages nature lovers to join rangers on an Earth Day Trash Walk. With the many archaeological artifacts and historic treasures that have been discovered on this site, volunteers have a fair chance to come across something special. Walk will begin at 10 a.m.

At Seneca Creek State Park in Montgomery County, volunteers for the Clopper Mill Cleanup will work with rangers to cleanup this historic and natural site. The park offers an opportunity to contribute to clean water and the Clopper Mill Ruins hold many old precious objects that may be hidden under some modern-day rubbish. Activities run from 9 a.m. to noon. 

On the Eastern Shore, Martinak State Park is embracing the latest craze to reach the U.S. from Sweden: plogging. Rangers will offer free bags and gloves to joggers so they can pick up trash while they shape up. Event goes from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

For more activities, events or programs, please visit the department’s online calendar at