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New Germany State Park to Celebrate Culture of East Africa

Grantsville, Md. (August 15, 2011) —A presentation on the culture and traditions of East Africa will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 at New Germany State Park. The program will be presented by Steria Ndaga, Chief Park Manager of Rubondo Island National Park in Tanzania, Africa. 

“We have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Steria this summer,” said Ranger Erin Thomas of New Germany State Park. “She is extremely talented, and we have enjoyed sharing ideas with her.” 

Ndaga is currently employed as a Seasonal Naturalist at New Germany while she works toward her degree in wildlife biology at Frostburg State University. She will discuss Tanzanian culture and traditions, and how they relate to the area’s conservation practices.

The event is free and will be held at the New Germany Lake House. Participants will also have the opportunity to sample traditional African food. For more information, contact 301-895-5453 or

Maryland’s State Parks not only provide great outdoor recreation for Marylanders and visitors, they are also a great asset to State and local economies. According to a recent study, conducted in partnership with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, the Maryland Office of Tourism Development and the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Maryland State Parks have an estimated annual economic benefit of more than $650 million. In 2010, visitors directly spent more than $567 million locally — $25.56 locally for every dollar the State invests in State Parks —during their visits. And almost 95 percent of visitors had their expectations met or exceeded during visits.

   August 15, 2011

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