Registration for Park Quest 2020 is postponed until Wed., May 6, 2020, with a program start date of June 1. As the Maryland Park Service continues to respond to direction from Gov. Larry Hogan, future Park Questers are encouraged to check back in late May for further up-dates.
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 thirteenth 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 2020 is “Hiking through History- Discovering the Past & Exploring the Present".
Park Quest offers 1,000 teams who qualify an opportunity to explore the many hidden treasures found in Maryland’s State Parks from June 1, 2020 through October 31, 2020. 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).
Park Quest Registration will OPEN on Monday, May 6 at 10 a.m. on DNR Online Store.
Registration will be taken on a first come, first serve basis until the 1,000 team limit is reached. One Park Quest Passport Booklet per team. Please Note: There is no automatic pre-registration for previous teams. Park Quest Passport Booklets will be mailed out via USPS before May 1st.
Families who may have missed the Park Quest registration process may still participate in Park Quest without the Passport, however will not be eligible for any prizes. 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 will link to a detailed description of the Park Quest at that site, including downloadable Quest materials (when available). Sites will be updated before Park Quest begins on May 1st.
Sang Run State Park: A Woman's Influence on History (Basic Quest)
Gambrill State Park: Tree Army: Basic Training (Basic Quest)
Rocky Gap State Park: Mountain Mamas: Celebrating Women's Influence on Allegany County (Basic Quest)
Gathland State Park: In the Footsteps of Civil War Soldiers (Basic Quest)
Fort Frederick State Park: Maryland Women in Conservation: the Trees and the Forest at "Old Fort Frederick" (Basic Quest)
Patapsco Valley State Park: Find Your Story (Basic Quest)
Seneca Creek State Park: Hiking through HerStory: Pioneering Woman in Maryland Conservation (Bonus Quest ONLY)
Gunpowder Falls State Park: The Prettyboy Dam Sensory Hike (Basic Quest)
Gunpowder Falls State Park: Behold! Our Busy Beaver Bonus Quest! (Bonus Quest ONLY)
Palmer State Park: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle (Basic Quest)
Fair Hill Natural Resources Management Area (Fair Hill NRMA): Hurdling the Glass Ceiling: Stories of Those Who Paved the Way (Basic Quest)
Calvert Cliffs State Park: Mindfulness and the Miocene (Basic Quest)
Greenwell State Park: What Sound Does the Forest Make? (Basic Quest)
Rosaryville State Park: Invader Investigation (Basic Quest)
Smallwood State Park: Clue - The Park Mystery Game (Basic Quest)
Pocomoke River State Park: Plant Changes on the Trail of Change (Basic Quest)
Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park: Herstory: Learn Her Story and Share Yours (Bonus Quest ONLY)
Janes Island State Park: Get Hooked: A Fishing Quest (Bonus Quest ONLY)
Statewide: DNR Photo Contest (Bonus Quest ONLY)
Rosaryville State Park: Mount Airy Chesapeake Natives "Open Greenhouse Days" - Planting with Purpose (Event Quest Bonus Quest)
Point Lookout State Park: Blue & Gray Days - Ladies of the Point (Event Quest Bonus Quest)
Seneca Creek State Park: Black and White on Black Rock Road: Heritage Day at Button Farm Living History Center (Event Quest Bonus Quest)
Chapman State Park: August Open House: Women of Mt Aventine (Event Quest Bonus Quest)
Merkle Natural Resource Management Area: Monarchs & Milkweed at Merkle (Event Quest Bonus Quest)
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
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)