Merkle Natural Resources Management Area and Visitors Center

The Mattaponi at Merkle Wildlife Sanctuar.

A message from the Park Manager of the Southern Maryland Recreational Complex (SMRC) Ranger Jacob Wells:

The Southern Maryland Recreational Complex (SMRC) comprises nearly 20,000 acres, spanning four counties. It includes a state forest, two state wildlands, six state parks, and numerous natural resource management areas. We boast some of the Free State’s very finest jewels, and an invaluable corps of volunteers strings these gems together.

Our facilities simply could not run without the selfless contributions provided by our volunteers and “Friends Of” groups. Wherever you wish to volunteer in the SMRC, we welcome you, as do our vital affiliates: the Friends of Calvert Cliffs State Park, the Friends of Chapman State Park, the Friends of Smallwood State Park, and Rosaryville Conservancy. Together with our staff, these groups perform park operations, patrols, historic interpretation, special events management, park maintenance, trail work, beach cleanups, environmental education programs, fishing derbies, and much, much more.

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in volunteering with the Maryland Park Service? Merkle NRMA has plenty of volunteer opportunities, with something for everyone! We are looking for volunteers to help maintain and create new sections of trail, monitor and report bluebird activity, help care for, feed, and clean up after our resident animals and maintain our gardens. If this sounds like an opportunity for you, please email or call 443-510-9920. You must be 16 or older to volunteer, unless accompanied by an adult.

Want more information? Contact:

Merkle Natural Resources Management Area and Visitors Center
11704 Fenno Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772