Maryland’s Park Quest Adventures Begin Saturday
Families May Still Sign-up to Join Eastern Shore Adventure
Annapolis, MD — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Park Quest, a new Maryland Park Service outdoor adventure, begins this Saturday, May 24 and runs through July 20. DNR encourages families to join the Eastern Shore outdoor adventure by registering online while space is still open.
“Maryland families and visitors are blessed with an expansive array of natural spaces to enjoy close to home,” said Ranger John Ohler, manager of Tuckahoe State Park. “We hope that both residents and visitors alike will consider exploring Maryland’s state parks this summer and join us for our first annual Park Quest adventure.”
During the 8-week competition, teams made up of at least one team member under 16 years of age and one adult, may visit six state parks on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and take part in a variety of activities. Upon receiving mailed confirmation, families will complete assigned activities, such as paddling quiet streams, hiking trails in search of letter boxes, finding items on a scavenger hunt and fishing, and the team will receive a sticker to affix to their Park Quest passport. So far, 40 families have signed up to participate in the first annual Park Quest adventure.
“I grew up playing and learning about the outdoors in state parks and I look forward to sharing those experiences with my own children,” said Kate Wright of the Selbyville, Del. She and her family are registered for Park Quest. “Our summer is busy and Park Quest will allow us to spend time locally to experience the culture of Maryland through the outdoors.”
Interested participants must register online at www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/parkquest/ or by calling Tuckahoe State Park at 410-820-1668.
In addition to encouraging Maryland families and children to enjoy Maryland’s great outdoors through the Park Quest program, last month, Governor O’Malley signed an Executive Order establishing the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature, a coalition of state, local, private and non-profit partners charged with promoting the well-being of youth by accelerating environmental learning and expanding opportunities for outdoor experiences. The Partnership is tasked with creating an environmental literacy plan for Maryland students, increasing opportunities for structured outdoor learning through programming on state parks and other conservation lands, enhancing school and community natural areas to provide for structured and unstructured play, and tracking program progress.