The 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 22, 2015 through September 7, 2015.
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 2016. 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 2016.
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 7th.
On behalf of all Maryland State Park staff, we hope you and your families enjoy your Park Quest challenges between May 22nd and September 7th. If you have any questions in the meantime, please let us know. Have a wonderful summer!
Park Quest registration for 2015 will be conducted via an online lottery system using the Department of Natural Resources' web-based registration and customer service system called COMPASS.
Park Quest 2015 Registration is now closed.
Families had five days to register their teams between April 27th and May 1st 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 2015 Park Quest families, teams who complete 10 or more quests in 2015 will receive priority enrollment for Park Quest 2016!
To honor and thank the dedicated families who completed 10 or more quests in 2014 and participated in the Park Quest Rendezvous, the Maryland Park Service will be contacting those families to automatically enroll these teams for the 2015 program. These teams will receive an e-mail (based on their contact information provided last year) and should not participate in the Park Quest lottery registration.
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, 2015.
Each park name links to a detailed description of the Park Quest at that site.
Consider spending the night with your team at a state park campsite, mini-cabin or full-service cabin during your quest adventures. Participants who are camping will need to pay for their overnight accommodations when staying in a Maryland State Park. State Park camping reservations can be made through this website.
Questions may be directed to:Barbara KniselyMaryland Park ServiceE-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: 410-260-8169 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401