Spring Events in Maryland State Parks

​​maple sap.jpgThe first signs of spring are subtle. In our forests and along the streams and wetlands the skunk cabbage is the first to appear in late-February, braving late-season snows to let winter know that it’s time to wrap things up. The daffodils and tulips planted in our gardens will soon follow, adding dramatic splashes of color to an otherwise drab landscape. Wildlife collectively wakes and stretches, as bears sleepily lumber out of their dens and snakes slither onto warm rocks to sun themselves. Vernal pools appear deep in the woods and teem with salamanders, frogs and amphibian eggs in what was a shallow, dry ditch just weeks before. Early-flowering trees like the Eastern Redbud and Cherry Blossom set their flowers, seemingly overnight, as the faintest hint of green tinges the slumbering trees. Spring is finally here!

Across Maryland, our state parks also come alive with activity, not only with their native plants and wildlife, but with events and programs to get out into nature and into the spirit of spring. No matter where you live in Maryland, a park near you will have something to see and do!

In March, we celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center on March 10-11. Here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, you can meet Harriet Tubman, with re-enactor Millicent Sparks’ interpretation of Tubman and her incredible life and journey.

Also in March, a 48-year old tradition continues in the Catoctin Mountains at Cunningham Falls State Park with the Maple Syrup Festival on March 10-11 and 17-18. This family-friendly event is an absolute blast for parents and kids, alike, as park rangers demonstrate the art of collecting sap and making maple syrup as has been done in this area for hundreds of years. New this year, the festival will feature a Maple Sap Fun Run on March 17, a noncompetitive 1.5-mile fun run/walk along a scenic roadway that showcases the park’s sap-producing maple trees!

Many parks also celebrate the arrival of spring with egg hunts! One you won’t want to miss is New Germany State Park’s Eggstreme Easter Egg Hunt on March 24, where eggs will be hidden all along the park trails for families to find!

April is also brimming with activities all over the state, from Stargazing to Bat Night to Family Fun Day and many other activities to cure your spring fever! In fact, we have hundreds of events throughout the year spread out at all of our state parks. Visit our calendar often for the latest additions. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for the latest events and happenings!