Park Quest 2016

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A Park Quest team paddlingThe goal of Park Quest is to engage families in outdoor activities throughout the summer, and allow them to experience state parks throughout Maryland. Park Quest allows families to relax, unplug from today’s various methods of technology, and experience the beautiful natural and cultural resources that our public lands offer.

Park Quest offers 1,000 teams who qualify an opportunity to explore the many hidden treasures found in Maryland’s State Parks from May 27, 2016 through September 5, 2016.


Park Quest Teams Proof of Quest Completion

Park Quest teams should note the Maryland Park Service will not be hosting the end of summer Park Quest Rendezvous celebration held in past years. In place of the Rendezvous, we will reward teams who complete 10 or more quests with automatic pre-registration for Park Quest 2017. Teams who complete 10 or more quests will also have their names entered into a drawing at the end of the summer to win Maryland State Park Annual Passports for 2017.

How do teams prove they have completed 10 quests?
Teams need to download and save this Park Quest document!
Once you have completed 10 or more quests, you will need to complete the document and visit one of the Park Quest sites noted on the form, where staff is available to verify quest completions by reviewing your stamped Park Quest passport. Once verified, please ensure you provide the completed form to park staff at that location. Please complete this process no later than September 5th.

On behalf of all Maryland State Park staff, we hope you and your families enjoy your Park Quest challenges between May 27th and September 5th. If you have any questions in the meantime, please let us know. Have a wonderful summer!


Park Quest Registration

Park Quest registration for 2016 will be conducted via an online lottery system using the Department of Natural Resources' web-based registration and customer service system called COMPASS.

Families have five days to register their teams between May 2, 2016 and May 6, 2016 and will not be required to pay the registration fee up front. Once registration is closed, the COMPASS system will randomly select the 1,000 Park Quest teams, who will receive a confirmation e-mail with a link to the payment process. Teams who do not pay within a designated timeframe will be considered no longer interested, and valid, and the Maryland Park Service will move forward with selecting alternative teams to fill those vacant slots.

As an incentive for the selected 2016 Park Quest families, teams who complete 10 or more quests in 2016 will receive priority enrollment for Park Quest 2017!

Families who register, but are not selected, may still participate in Park Quest. However, without the Park Quest Passport teams will need to pay the appropriate day-use service charges at some of the participating State Parks. These families may want to consider purchasing the Maryland Park Service Annual Passport, which provides unlimited day-use access to all State Parks through December 31, 2016.

Park Quest Locations

Each park name links to a detailed description of the Park Quest at that site.

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