Statewide Park Programs

Smokey Bear at Sandy PointFrom the mountains of Western Maryland to the sandy beach of Assateague, the Maryland Park Service is proud to offer wonderful opportunities for all our guests to enjoy. Create a vacation to remember with our family campfire programs, special events and festivals, statewide programming opportunities, and much more.

School groups are also welcome and a great way to bring classroom curriculum to life. There is always something for everyone at a park near you.

Interested in learning more about the programs offered at a park near you or maybe planning an upcoming camping trips? Find a State Park near you.

Interested in discovering all the amazing programs offered throughout the Maryland Park Service? 

Check out our calendar of events.​​

Junior Ranger Patch

Junior Rangers

Kids ages 7 - 14 years can become a Junior Ranger and learn about nature, stewardship and recreational fun.

Two young boys on a discovery missionDiscovery Packs​​

Parks throughout the state are providing "free-to-borrow" backpacks loaded with gear to make your adventure unforgettable. Pick up your pack and enjoy the contents as you travel the forests and fields of the park.

Barn owls

Scales and Tales

Scales & Tales, an environmental education program, provides the opportunity to see wildlife up close.

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Park Quest

Your family can visit Maryland State Parks and kayak, hike and complete quests throughout the summer.

Kid Planting

Places For Kids

Check out cool places to go in Maryland. We've recommended places for kids to experience nature.

Conservation Job Corps membersMaryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC)​​

The Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC) works in partnership with community youth organizations to provide conservation service opportunities for youth in Maryland State Parks. The CJC is a unique summer program where you’ll be part of a team working to conserve and restore Maryland State Parks.

MCC-logo.pngMaryland Conservation Corps (MCC)

This is an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management and park conservation projects. The mission of the program is to provide both skills training and opportunities for young adults to serve Maryland's conservation needs.

Military men and womenVeterans Conservation Corps (VCC)​

Maryland’s Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC) is a program modeled after the Maryland Conservation Corps.

A program organized and managed by department staff and volunteers, Es Mi Parque aims to provide information and services to Spanish-speaking patrons and visitors in an effort to increase awareness of boating, fishing and water safety as well as state conservation laws and regulations.

HPHP-logo.pngHealthy Parks, Healthy People​

"Healthy Parks, Healthy People" encourages physical activity in parks in western Maryland and Caroline County.​

Camping on Patapsco Forest ReserveState Park History

By 1910, the State forester was referring to the very small Patapsco Forest Reserve as “Patapsco Park.”​

Volunteer Programs

Access for All​​​