Day To Serve - September 11-October 10, 2015

National Public Lands Day logo

Join volunteers from across the nation to help improve trails, plant trees, remove trash and invasive plants, and clean up waterways and help maintain public lands as part of the National Public Lands Day celebration on Saturday, September 26th. This year honors the 22nd anniversary of this national effort to improve and protect the nation’s natural resources.

Day to Serve logoNational Public Lands Day is part of the statewide Day to Serve, a unique annual event from September 11th to October 10th where Marylanders from across the state will join together with our neighbors in Virginia, West Virginia, and D.C. to recognize the connections between the health of our people, the health of our land, water and air, and the importance of taking action in something bigger than ourselves. From food drives to stream repair and highway clean ups, Marylanders will work hard to relieve hunger and protect the environment by holding events throughout our state.

Maryland State Parks will host activities and opportunities at several locations on September 26th for volunteers to donate one day to preserving the state’s public lands. Volunteers are encouraged to contact the state parks in advance, as most sites require volunteers to bring their own food, beverages and gloves, and wear clothing appropriate for outdoor work.

Bill Burton Fishing Pier
Saturday 9/26/2015, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contact: Hilary Gibson, 410-543-1999
29761 Bolingbroke Point Drive, Trappe MD
Help take out the trash! Join park staff and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at Bill Burton Fishing Pier State Park to help make the Choptank River cleaner and safer. This is a family friendly event, but all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please be prepared to get dirty and bring sunscreen and water. Organized by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Register at

Elk Neck State Park
Saturday 9/26/2015, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: Jeanette Thayer, 410-287-5333
4395 Turkey Point Road, North East MD 21901
Come out and celebrate Public Lands Day at Elk Neck State Park! You will be among thousands of people nation-wide who volunteer their time to benefit America's public lands. Work side-by-side with park staff and afterwards enjoy a live animal program featuring some of Maryland’s most common reptiles. Meet in the North East Beach Area. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves.

Greenbrier State Park
Saturday 9/26/2015, 8 a.m. to noon
Contact: Chris Gleason-Smuck, 301-791-4656
21843 National Pike, Boonsboro MD 21713
Join park staff for a day of trail work on the Red Trail and invasive plant species removal to commemorate the anniversary of Public Lands Day. Meet at Greenbrier State Park's visitor center at 8 a.m. No age limit but youth are asked to be supervised by a parent or guardian. Volunteers should wear clothes appropriate for trail work, including sturdy shoes, and bring gloves, snacks, water and insect repellant.

Herrington Manor State Park
Saturday 9/26/2015, 9 a.m. to noon
Contact: Jim Riley, 301-334-9180
222 Herrington Lane, Oakland MD 21550
Join park staff to plant sugar maple trees. Meet at the park office. Appropriate footwear and gloves are recommended.

Pocomoke River State Park
Saturday 9/26/2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: Kelly Beall, 410-632-2566
3036 Nassawango Road, Pocomoke City MD 21851
Meet at the Milburn Landing boat ramp parking lot. Enjoy an afternoon hike and volunteer along the Bald Cypress Nature Trail at the Milburn Landing section of Pocomoke River State Park. Grab your gloves and favorite field guide to discover the plant and animal life that thrives along the trail while taking action, as a community, to provide sustainable public lands. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, water and a snack.

Tuckahoe State Park
Saturday 9/26/2015, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contact: Dorie Coleman, 410-820-1668
13070 Crouse Mill Road, Queen Anne MD 21657
Meet at the Lake picnic area and help celebrate National Public Lands Day by donating a little of your time to improve the park. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves.

Western Maryland Rail Trail
Saturday 9/26/2015, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Contact: Bob Study, 301-842-2155
c/o Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool MD 2111
Join volunteers around the national to celebrate your local public lands. Meet in the town of Hancock at the Church Street gate on the Western Maryland Rail Trail to help park staff clean up litter, weeds and other debris. Families should bring water and a snack and wear sturdy hiking shoes.