Happy Valentines Day

Why buy chocolate and flowers, when you can say I love you in an earth-friendlier way.

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Here are a few ideas for your Valentine's Day Celebration:

A  2017 Park Passport & a Promise to Spend Time Together in the Outdoors

  • Frequent visitors to Maryland State Parks will see a genuine cost savings by purchasing a Park Pass.
  • The Maryland resident pass offers:
    • free day-use entry for up to 9 people in a vehicle to Maryland state parks;
    • free boat launching at ALL facilities by displaying this pass on your dashboard; and
    • a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals.
  • These passes are valid through December 31, 2017. 
  • Click here for Maryland Park Passport information.

A Maryland Fishing License & a Promise to Spend Time Together in the Outdoors

The annual non-tidal license for a resdient cost $20.50 and allows the licensee to fish in the fresh waters of Maryland 365 days from the date of purchase. Visit DNR Online to find the license agent nearest you.

Here are some Special State Park Events for Valentine's Day

Love is in The Air at Soldiers Delight Visitor Center 
Soldier's Delight N.E.A.
2/14/2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: 5100 Deer Park Rd. Owings Mills, MD 21117
County: Baltimore
Description: Come enjoy your Valentine's Day by learning about courtship and mating rituals of Maryland's native raptors. Meet several of our avian ambassadors up close as we explore their spectacular social mating behaviors. Rain or shine! Call 410-922-3044 to register. Ages 18 and older.
Cost: $5/person.
Directions: From the Beltway (I-695): Take I-795 to Franklin Blvd. West, turn right. Bear right at Church Rd. Turn left at stop sign onto Berrymans Lane. Turn left at Deer Park Rd. and go for 2.5 miles, to Visitor Center entrance on the right. From Rt. 26 West : Take Rt. 26 to Wards Chapel Rd. Turn Left. Follow Wards Chapel to stop sign, and turn right onto Deer Park Rd. Entrance is 1 mile on the right.
URL: http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/soldiersdelight.aspx
Phone: 410-461-5005
Email: Patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov

Sweetheart Hike to the King and Queen Seat 
Rocks State Park
2/14/2017 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: 3900 Saint Clair Bridge Road
City: Jarrettsville
County: Harford
Description: Grab your sweetheart, and join a park ranger on a guided hike to the King and Queen Seat at Rocks State Park. Learn about some of the tales of the legendary Rocks of Deer Creek, and have your picture taken up on the King and Queen Seats. Meet at the Rock Ridge Picnic Area. This will be a 0.5 mile hike, please dress for the weather and for walking. Program participation is free, however area service charges apply.
Cost: No cost, area service charges apply
Directions: From Route 24 North: Turn left on Saint Clair Bridge Road. Rock Ridge Picnic Area is on your left.
URL: http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/rocks.aspx
Name: Lindley Campbell
Phone: 410-557-7994
Email: lindley.campbell@maryland.gov

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Patapsco Valley State Park
2/14/2017 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1100 Hilton Ave. Catonsville, MD 21228
County: Baltimore
Description: Discover the different kinds of relationships found in nature! From owls who mate for life, to wasps that need caterpillars to reproduce, to algae and fungi that can't live without each other! Learn how wildlife has adapted to get along (or not), to keep the ecosystem healthy and diverse! Rain or shine! Call 410-461-5005 to register. Fun for all ages!
Cost: FREE; donations welcome.
Directions: From I-695 (Baltimore Beltway), take Exit 13, Frederick Road west. follow for two miles and turn left on South Rolling Road. At first intersection, bear right in Hilton Avenue. Continue 1.5 miles and turn right into park. From I-95, take exit 47 (keep left on exit ramp), heading north (Route 166) to South Rolling Road. Follow 1.8 miles and make a sharp left on Hilton Avenue. Continue 1.5 miles and turn right into park.
URL: http://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/patapscohilton.aspx
Name: Patapsco Valley State Park
Phone: 410-461-5005
Email: Patapsco.statepark@maryland.gov

Click here for more specific information about Maryland’s State’s Parks including hours, admission fees and lodging rates.