The goal of the Park Quest Program is to engage families in outdoor activities and adventures, while exploring a variety of Maryland’s State Parks. Now in its twelfth year, Park Quest provides families a unique opportunity to learn more about the world around them through discovery while personally experiencing the many natural and cultural resources that our public lands offer. The theme for Park Quest 2019 is “Off the Beaten Path- Arts, Activities and Adventures in Maryland State Parks”.
Park Quest offers 1,000 teams who qualify an opportunity to explore the many hidden treasures found in Maryland’s State Parks from May 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019. Teams that have completed a minimum number of Quests by October 31st, will be entered into a drawing for special Park Quest prizes! Prize winners will be asked to provide proof of completion (via stamped Passport).
Registration will be taken on a first come, first serve basis until the 1,000 team limit is reached. Please Note: There is no automatic pre-registration for previous teams. Park Quest Passport Booklets will be mailed out before May 1st.
Families who may have missed the Park Quest Passport registration process may still participate in Park Quest. Quest materials can be found on our website and downloaded. However, without the Park Quest Passport, teams will need to pay the appropriate day-use service charges at some of the participating State Parks. You may want to consider purchasing the Annual State Park & Trail Passport Maryland Park Service Annual Passport, which provides unlimited day-use access to all State Parks for one year from purchase.
Each park name links to a detailed description of the Park Quest at that site, including downloadable Quest materials.
The 16th Annual Maryland Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest runs now through Aug. 30, 2019. All winners will be featured in the department’s 2020 wall calendar and published in the winter 2020 edition of the magazine. New this year, all entries must be submitted online. No hard copies of photographs will be accepted. Enter now for your chance to win cash, state parks passports and other terrific prizes!
Consider spending the night with your team at a state park campsite, mini-cabin or full-service cabin during your quest adventures. Participants who are camping will need to pay for their overnight accommodations when staying in a Maryland State Park. State Park camping reservations can be made through this website.
Questions about Park Quest may be directed to:
Ranger Melissa Boyle AcutiMaryland Park ServiceE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401