Message from the Park Staff
Volunteers are the life blood of Fort Frederick State Park. They are helping in just about every aspect of park operations. Park volunteers assist with historic programming, patrolling the Western Maryland Rail Trail, historic building restoration, operations of special events which include Market Fair, Colonial Children’s Day, and Artillery Programs, to name a few. If you have a love for nature, biking, or history and would like to share your interest with others, we may have just the opportunity for you. With such a variety of activities, everyone can find a role in the volunteer program at Fort Frederick State Park. Whether you can give a couple hours once a month or more we would love to share your time and talents with our park guests.
“Through interpretation comes understanding. Through understanding comes appreciation. Through appreciation comes preservation.” Come be part of preserving the only colonial built stone fort of the French and Indian War by giving guests a better appreciation of Maryland’s history.
- Don the clothing of the 1750s and demonstrate daily life at Fort Frederick. Volunteers can portray either a soldier in the Maryland Companies of Foot, the Maryland Militia or civilians attached to the army.
- Volunteers at the fort also assist with daily operations, research, gardening and special events.
Be the eyes, ears and muscle of Fort Frederick State Park. As a volunteer ranger, you can perform the duties essential to maintaining Maryland’s natural and cultural resources. (Volunteer rangers must be 18 years of age and have a valid state driver’s license).
- Assist park guests to make their visit to the park memorable.
- Perform daily operations including staffing the visitor center and park store.
- Maintain park facilities, trails and grounds.
- Lend a hand with park programs and special events.
- After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service within the park, the volunteer attends training for Volunteer Ranger certification and is provided with a uniform. After receiving certification, the volunteer commits to 100 hours of service per year.
Western Maryland Rail Trail Volunteer Bike Patrol
Do you like to ride your bike on the Western Maryland Rail Trail? Did you know you can patrol the trail on your bike as a member of our volunteer bike patrol?
- Provide assistance to trail guests, bikers and hikers by offering information and directions.
- Report downed trees on trails, washoutsvand other hazards.
- After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service within the park, the volunteer attends training for volunteer ranger certification and is provided with a uniform. After receiving certification, the volunteer commits to 100 hours of service per year.
If you would like more information about volunteering at Fort Frederick State Park, Western Maryland Rail Trail or Woodmont NRMA contact:
Fort Frederick State Park
11100 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool MD 21711
Friends of Fort Frederick
The Friends of Fort Frederick State Park support the park by sponsoring educational activities and programs, as well as contributing financially to the park's historical and cultural and administrative needs. Those interested in joining their efforts may contact the Friends of Fort Frederick at the park office or at the address below.
Friends of Fort Frederick State Park, Inc.
11115 Fort Frederick Road
Big Pool, MD 21711