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Harriet Tubman Day Celebrated in March

Music, Games, and Learning Honor a Maryland Legend The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center invites everyone to participate in free, family-friendly programs March 7 to celebrate Harriet Tubman Day. This national observance has special significance in Maryland where the famed abolitionist and suffragette was born and raised; leading dozens to freedom  Read the Rest…


Maryland Renews Partnership with ‘Every Kid Outdoors’

Federal, State Parks Offer Free Admission for Fourth Graders Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford today joined Department of Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio in announcing that for the fifth consecutive year, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will provide free admission to national public lands and state parks to fourth-grade children and their families. The program, called  Read the Rest…


Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan Open for Comment

Public Input Accepted Until March 8 The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the draft 2019-2023 Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which identifies essential and contemporary issues impacting outdoor recreation and natural resource protection in the state. The Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan represents a vision and strategy that has  Read the Rest…


Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park Events Celebrate Black History Month

Stories of Underground Railroad Heroes Come to Life this February In celebration of Black History Month,  Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center invites everyone to free, family-friendly programs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in February. The park, located in Dorchester County, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and houses an  Read the Rest…



New Paddle-In Camping Opportunities on the Potomac River

Enhanced Access at Two Southern Maryland State Parks The Maryland Department of Natural Resources and National Park Service announced the completion of a project to expand and enhance paddle-in camping opportunities in Southern Maryland. The improved access allows longer overnight paddling excursions along the Potomac River with beautiful landing spots at Point Lookout State Park and  Read the Rest…


Land and Water Conservation Fund Grants Now Available

Department Seeks Local Proposals for Public Outdoor Recreation Projects The Maryland of Department Natural Resources announced that counties and municipalities can now apply for grant funding from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. Communities are encouraged to apply and submit preliminary application forms by Dec. 18, 2018. “I encourage communities across Maryland to take advantage of this  Read the Rest…



Secretary’s Message: October 2018

Positive Grades for Maryland’s Coastal Bays The Maryland Coastal Bays Program recently unveiled the 2017 Coastal Bays Report Card, a snapshot assessment on the health and resiliency of the coastal bays surrounding Ocean City and Assateague Island. The bays’ collective health received a “B-,” its highest grade ever reported! Nutrient reductions have shown a positive  Read the Rest…


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