From the mountains of Western Maryland to the sandy beaches of Assateague, the Maryland Park Service is proud to offer wonderful recreational opportunities for our wounded warriors, veterans and their families to enjoy.
With 66 State Parks, we provide activities such as hiking, biking, boating, fishing, swimming, horseback riding, teambuilding ropes courses, hunting and camping. Such experiences as these will aid in the veteran's mental and physical well-being and establish a new base of potential employees.
Maryland is situated in close proximity to our nation’s Capitol and multiple military installations.
- US Army Fort Meade - Warrior Transition Unit, MD
- US Air Force - Andrews Air Force Base, MD
- US Marine Corps - Wounded Warrior Regiment, Quantico, VA
- US Coast Guard - District 5, Portsmouth, VA
- US Air Force - Dover Air Force Base, DE
- Walter Reed National Military Medical Center - Bethesda, MD
- Naval Air Station Patuxent River - Patuxent River, MD
- Garrison Aberdeen Proving Ground - Aberdeen, MD
The Wounded Warrior & Veteran Outreach Coordinator, Christina Holden, researches facilities and identifies how to best accommodate the recreational needs of our servicemen and women. The objective of the program is to provide our state's servicemen and women with unique opportunities to work, learn, volunteer and recreate in the rich natural habitats of Maryland.
5th ANNUAL MARINES HELPING MARINES FISHING TOURNAMENT
This annual tournament will be held on Armed Forces Day (May 18, 2013) at Anchor Marina in North East, Maryland. Maryland State Parks is proud to partner with Marines Helping Marines this year, offering an opportunity for family and guests not participating in the fishing tournament to visit Elk Neck State Park just minutes from the marina.
On Saturday morning, we will offer a hike and tour of the Turkey Point Lighthouse, visit the Nature Center to see live animals, local historical displays, participate in hands-on activities or simply explore the park on your own.
For a list of park features, go to http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/central/elkneck.asp All participants will return to Anchor Marina by shuttle for the “Weigh-In” to cheer on the anglers for big prizes! The public is encouraged to attend the weigh-in celebration and to show your support.
For more information about the fishing tournament or to register to fish in the tournament, go to: http://www.woundedmarinefishing.com/want-to-fish-in-the-tournament-2/
For more information on visiting the state park, contact Christina Holden at 410-260-8155 or at email@example.com
LT. GOVERNOR BROWN LAUNCHES GET OUT THE VOTE PROGRAM IN TRIBUTE TO OUR VETERANS
Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown has introduced a new program to pay tribute to our military members and veterans entitled Vote in Honor of a Veteran. A 28-year Veteran and Colonel in the United States Army Reserves, Lieutenant Governor Brown is the nation's highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq. The Lieutenant Governor received the Bronze Star for his distinguished service in Iraq.
"Our veterans have bravely sacrificed to serve our country and protect our rights, and we should take every opportunity we can to show them our support," said Lt. Governor Brown Anthony G. Brown, joined by Secretary of State John McDonough, Secretary of Veterans' Affairs Edward Chow, and State Administrator of Elections Linda Lamone.
Please join Lt. Governor Anthony Brown in saluting our Maryland veterans by participating in Maryland's Vote in Honor of a Veteran Program, which recognizes the sacrifices that Veterans have made throughout history to protect our freedoms and our sacred right to vote. A member of any United States military branch, past or present, may be nominated by posting words of appreciation for their service. As a token of gratitude, the advocate will receive a special button from the State of Maryland that one may proudly wear to the polls or any event to show support for our troops.
To nominate a veteran for recognition, visit http://www.sos.state.md.us/hav/honoravet.aspx.
Lt. Governor Brown leads the O'Malley-Brown Administration's efforts to provide veterans with better services and resources. Since taking office in 2007, Lt. Governor Brown has championed successful efforts to pass the Veterans Behavioral Health Act, protect veterans' business loans programs and fully fund the Iraq and Afghanistan Scholarship Program. Last year, the Lt. Governor launched the Mil2FedsJobs web portal, located on the Maryland Workforce Exchange (MWEjobs.maryland.gov), the first of its kind in any state to directly match transitioning service members with careers in the Federal Government.
DAY USE SERVICES
Many of our state parks are available for resource based recreation activities at no charge throughout the year. Others will vary the service charge with the day of week and season of year. There are several options for those facilities that do have a service charge.
For active duty military, you may enter free of charge by showing military I.D. For visitors with a disability, you may apply for our universal disability pass which is a free lifetime pass. For visitors over the age of 62, you may apply for our Golden Age Pass which entitles you to free day use entry. This pass has a one-time $10 administrative fee. Another option for families, is our Maryland Passport that can be purchased for a yearly fee of $75. This pass entitles unlimited day use entry for everyone in the vehicle (up to 10 people) to Maryland’s state parks, including unlimited boat launching. For more information and applications, visit our website on state park passes.
It's never too late to discover the joys of sitting around a roaring campfire, roasting marshmallows or sleeping under the stars!
The Maryland Park Service is proud to partner with The North Face: Explore Your Parks, to offer an opportunity to camp at selected state parks.
With the new OPERATION: CAMPOUT! Program, we can lend you gear free of charge (includes a tent, chairs, stove, lantern and more). This program is designed for military individuals and military families new to camping or experienced campers stationed or recovering in this area. OPERATION: CAMPOUT! is an opportunity for families to reconnect with each other and the great outdoors in a comfortable, safe and relaxing setting.
Campsites have picnic tables and fire pits. Some sites have electric hook-ups. Restrooms and shower facilities are nearby. The state parks participating in OPERATION: CAMPOUT! are:
- Swallow Falls State Park 301-387-6938
- New Germany State Park 301-895-5453
- Rocky Gap State Park 301-722-1480
- Patapsco Valley State Park 410-461-5005
- Pocomoke River State Park 410-632-2566
Once you’ve decided where you want to camp, contact the park directly by phone to make your reservation. Be sure to let them know you are reserving through OPERATION: CAMPOUT! For more program details, including FAQ’s and service charges for the campsite, click here.
Explore Your Parks Camping 101 Program
Thanks to The North Face: Explore Your Parks Camping 101 program, we proudly hosted 12 military families from nearby bases for a fun-filled weekend at Patapsco Valley State Park. The park staff was on hand all weekend with planned activities including nature crafts, outdoor cooking demonstrations, geocaching, disc golf, photography hike, canoeing and fishing. Thanks to all who made the weekend extra special, providing families an opportunity to reconnect and enjoy the Great Outdoors: Patapsco Valley State Park staff and Volunteers, The North Face, Sierra Club, REI, and the American Hiking Society.
The North Face Explore Your Parks Camping 101 Program
for military families at Patapsco Valley State Park (June 2012)
PARALYZED VETERANS OF AMERICA BASS TOUR
Smallwood State Park in Marbury, Maryland is the proud host for Paralyzed Veterans of America “Capital Clash” National PVA Bass Tournament, a B.A.S.S. sanctioned event on June 8-10, 2012. The Paralyzed Veterans of America Bass Tour consists of seven two-day tournaments, which are held at various locations around the country. Each tournament consists of an Open/Team Competition for those anglers who wish to fish from a boat and a Bank Competition for those who prefer to fish from shore. Disabled anglers in the Open/Team Competition are paired with able-bodied boat partners for the two-day event. On day one, only the disabled anglers compete for significant prizes. On day two, the paired anglers compete as a team for cash prizes. The boat partners serve as coaches and help find fishing locations and choose baits. Disabled anglers in the Bank Competition are paired with volunteers who assist them in whatever they cannot do themselves while fishing. Although only the anglers with disabilities fish in the Open Competition, awards and prizes are given to both. For more information on the PVA Bass Tournament, go to: www.pva.org
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The Maryland Park Service (MPS) is dedicated to supporting the physical and psychological well-being of American servicemen and women injured in service to our country. Our mission is to provide recreational, educational and employment opportunities for Maryland's servicemen and women.