Plan Your "Day To Serve"

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 24th. This year honors the 23nd 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 10th 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 24th 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. 

Elk Neck State Park
9/24/2016: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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. Call for more details.
Contact: Jeanette Thayer, 410-287-5333,

Tuckahoe State Park
9/24/2016: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
13070 Crouse Mill Road
Queen Anne MD 21657
Public Service Project. Help celebrate National Public Lands Day by donating some of your time volunteering with various projects to improve the park. Please call the park to sign up; check-in that day at 9:00 a.m. in the Lake Picnic Area.
Contact: Dorie Coleman,  410-820-1668,

Fair Hill NRMA
9/24/2016: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
630 Tawes Drive, Elkton MD 21921
Join the Fair Hill Nature Center to celebrate our Public Lands by giving back to Fair Hill NRMA. We will be doing trail work around the Nature Center and maintenance in the Nature Play Space.
Contact: Lesley Leader, 410-398-1246,
Western Maryland Rail Trail
9/24/2016: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Church Street Gate, Western Maryland Rail Trail, Hancock MD
Join volunteers around the nation 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.
Contact: Bob Study, 301-842-2155,

New Germany State Park
Lend a Hand for Public Lands!

New Germany State Park will be celebrating America’s 23rd-annual National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24. National Public Lands Day is a celebration of the work, play, and learning that takes place on public lands every day throughout the nation. National Public Lands Day brings together thousands of volunteers from coast to coast to improve and restore the lands and facilities that Americans use for recreation, education, exercise, and enjoyment.

In honor of this year’s National Public Lands Day, New Germany State Park will be hosting volunteer activities for those who want to “lend a hand for public lands,” followed by a guided hike. The volunteer activities will begin at 10 am at the New Germany Lake House. From there, volunteers will team up with park staff to re-stain a park building or pick-up litter. These activities are best suited for participants ages 12 and up. Snacks and drinks will be provided.  The project and hike will conclude at noon.

Registration is not required, but large groups are encouraged to call the Ranger Station in advance at 301-895-5453.

Erin Thomas
Park Manager
New Germany, Dan's Mountain, Big Run,
& Casselman River Bridge State Parks
349 Headquarters Lane
Grantsville, Maryland  21536