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DNR Brings Our Natural World To The Maryland State Fair

Timonium, Md. (August 26, 2010) — All Maryland citizens and visitors are invited to stop by and enjoy the Maryland State Fair in Timonium, which will open this Friday, August 27 and remain open through Labor Day, Monday, September 6. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will once again host its interactive exhibit at the fair, which will include boating and hunting safety displays, live animals, information for families to explore State Parks and sustainable ideas citizens can use to make changes at home and in daily life. The DNR building will be located next to the 4-H Home Arts facility at the fair.

“The State Fair gives us an opportunity to interact with the citizens we serve,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “We hope everyone will stop by our exhibit to explore all that Maryland’s great outdoors have to offer, learn more about our programs and discover how to become stewards of our natural resources.”

Visitors will learn about Chesapeake Bay restoration, efforts to rebuild the oyster and crab populations, bay grasses, nutrient reduction and navigating new boating safety laws. Volunteer opportunities with DNR will be highlighted as well.

Some other features of the DNR exhibit at this year’s fair include:

  • Tawes Quilting Club – Started in December 2007 by DNR and State Judiciary staff, a colorful Maryland-themed quilt will be on display. It was completed in April 2010. The quilt was inspired by the colors of the State Flag, highlighting Maryland symbols including the black-eyed Susan, skipjack, Chesapeake Bay retriever, and the image of the Maryland State House. The quilt was hand- and machine-pieced.
  • Children in Nature – Kids can discover fun and simple outdoor activities. Information will be available on programs such as DNR’s Junior Hunter Field Days and Maryland’s Tributary Teams. Pick up a fun 2010 Bay Game activity book and learn about our natural world and Maryland’s history.
  • River of Words – Winning entries of artwork and poetry from the 2010 River of Words contest will be displayed.
  • Fisheries – Outdoors lovers can learn about common game fish anglers can encounter while fishing Maryland’s waters and see the damage invasive plant and animal species can have on waterways and aquatic resources.
  • Forestry – Everyone can participate in helping Maryland reach its goal of 50,000 trees by the end of 2010 through the Marylanders Plant Trees program. Obtain a $25 coupon off the purchase of a tree to plant in Maryland.
  • Natural Resources Police – The Natural Resources Police “Wear it Maryland” vehicle, which has been wrapped with a boating safety message, will be on hand to provide information about boating safety and remind citizens of the importance of wearing a life jacket while boating.
  • Wildlife & Heritage – Adults and children can learn about outdoor programs offered by this agency including Becoming an Outdoors Woman, Junior Hunting Field Days, Junior Rangers, archery and Envirothon.
  • State Parks – DNR staff will share stories about the adventures of Park Quest families while Scales and Tales will display its live birds of prey and reptiles. Various “friends” groups will display information about volunteering in parks.

For more information about the State Fair, call 1-877-620-8DNR x-8073 or visit the State Fair website at

Introduced by Governor Martin O’Malley in October 2008, Maryland’s Smart, Green & Growing initiative was created to strengthen the state’s leadership role in fostering smarter, more sustainable growth and inspiring action among all Marylanders to achieve a more sustainable future. The initiative brings together state agencies, local governments, businesses and citizens to create more livable communities, improve transportation options, reduce the state’s carbon footprint, support resource-based industry, invest in green technologies, preserve valuable resource lands and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

   August 26, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at