Assateague State Park

Friends of Assateague State Park

Wild Horse Safety
The Friends of Assateague State Park promote the park's efforts to ensure safe and positive interactions between our visitors and the island's wild horses and other wildlife.  FOASP provides financial support, assists with grant writing and management, and assists in educating campers and visitors about what you can do to share the island safely with the wild horses.  Horses are creatures of habit, and they unfortunately have become habituated to being fed or to scavenge food from campsites. This food is not healthy for them, even things like apples and carrots can cause a wild horse to get afflicted with colic, suffer and potentially die.  When visitors store food properly, this results in many fewer food related incidents or dangerous interactions between horses and humans.  New in 2022, the park will begin adding horse-resistant picnic tables with attached food storage units.  Campers will still use hard-sided containers (such as totes) or zippered storage bags, but can store these securely beneath their table.  FOASP will be promoting new educational efforts to encourage use of these and continued safe storage of food and pet food throughout the campground.  

If you would like to help support our efforts in keeping the wild horses of Assateague safe, please donate to Friends of Assateague State Park.  Every donation will bring us closer to our goal of 350 picnic tables and new educational materials for our visitors.​

Board of Directors

President: Cathy Cox
Vice President: Trish Smoczynski
Treasurer: Roddy Rodriguez
Secretary: Christine Nestlerode
Board of Director At-Large: Pat Foley , Alan Smith , Heather Foley

Annual Events & Meetings

The Friends of Assateague State Park sponsor a park spring cleanup each April and park events throughout the year. Three organizational meetings are held each summer: one per month in June, July and August. If you visit Assateague, look for information about us in the ranger station and concession stand, as well as on the bathhouse bulletin boards. Details of FOASP activities are available in the newsletter sent to members or by request.

Contact Information

Friends of Assateague State Park
7307 Stephen Decatur Highway
Berlin, MD 21811