On a gloomy, rainy Earth Day thirteen bright eyed, excited volunteers took the time to get out of their beds to help plant trees at Seneca Creek State Park. The park received a generous donation of tree seedlings from the Maryland Department of Transportation in order to replenish trees that were removed for construction of the Intercounty Connector. Much work has gone into removing invasive plants in the park and re-planting trees in those areas will help regenerate some of the native vegetation.
The trees were planted along the Clopper Lake shore near the boat center which has seen an increase in beaver activity, so more trees will help replenish those that fell to the beavers and help stabilize the shoreline. Volunteers dug holes, planted a mixture of River Birch, Red Oak, and Red Maple, and erected tree tubes around each seedling in order to protect them from deer browsing. Over 100 trees were planted with the tireless efforts of volunteers, who will hopefully come back in years to come and see that the fruits of their generous labor have lived on in the gift of trees!
Thank you volunteers!
Seneca Creek State Park needs your help. Volunteers provide enthusiasm, energy and creativity to the wide variety of tasks they accomplish. Volunteers experience many benefits -- among them companionship, a sense of responsibility and enhanced skills. There is an opportunity for everyone!
To search for volunteer opportunities at this state park and all of the state parks in Maryland, please
view the Volunteer with Maryland State Parks webpage and then click on Opportunity Search in the Volunteer Menu on the left side of the page.
Anything and Everything with Seneca Rangers
Get the chance to work alongside Seneca’s Park Rangers on a variety of tasks from invasive plant removal, to bridge building, trail maintenance and more.
All hands on deck! Our Boat Center would love your help with loading people into and out of boats, handing out portable floatation devices and other activities.
Gardening and Invasive Plant Removal
Be a part of the larger effort to encourage the growth of native trees and plants.
Naturalist and Special Programs
Volunteers can help with the park’s special programs including junior rangers, campfires, hikes, guided hikes and other fun educational activities for youth.
Do you have a special project or idea you would like to help the park with? Reach out to the Volunteer Coordinator to discuss the possibilities!
With over 50 miles of trails at Seneca Creek, volunteers are essential for ensuring that the trails are safe and attractive for visitors.
We are always in need of groups to take part in cleanups in and around the park property.
Volunteers greet visitors and answer phones, and provide information to the public.
Become a Volunteer Ranger and help protect Maryland's natural resources! Volunteer Rangers help with a myriad of activities. Volunteers must first earn 40 hours of volunteer service to become a certified Volunteer Ranger then commit to serving 100 hours annually. More information on the Volunteer Ranger program can be found at
Volunteering is a great way to relieve stress from a busy work week or to earn community service hours. Seneca Creek State Park can help and so can you!
For more information, please contact:
Seneca Creek State Park
11950 Clopper Road
Gaithersburg, MD 20878