Newsletter: February 2021

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February 2021

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COVID-19 Update

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has taken emergency measures to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The latest information on Governor Hogan’s actions and guidance to protect yourself and others, plus the latest updates on vaccinations, can be found on the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery website. Masks on, Maryland!

Visit our website for the latest update regarding Maryland's opportunities for outdoor recreation to follow guidelines on the safe enjoyment of our natural resources.

The health and safety of the public is paramount, and we encourage you to keep track of the latest factual information regarding COVID-19 at the Maryland Department of Health website.​​​​​​

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Commemorate Black History Month by learning about one of Maryland's greatest heroes. Harriet Tubman: Soldier of Freedom is the heart-wrenching yet triumphant story of the famed abolitionist and suffragette.

Filmed on the Eastern Shore, it shares the story of Tubman as an enslaved person, her pursuit of freedom on the Underground Railroad, and her determination to end slavery and bring liberty and justice to others.

This film has been featured at the Visitor Center of Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in her native Dorchester County. Take some time to watch and plan your visit today!

Find more videos from Maryland's state parks on the department's YouTube channel.

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Camping this Year? Reserve Your Campsite Now!

Start planning your camping trip to Maryland’s public lands this year! Reserve your space at nearly 40 Maryland public lands statewide - from backpack camping to RVs to cabins, beachfront to forest - using the Maryland Park Service online reservation system.

New this year, campers can use the online reservation system for 18 primitive sites at Savage River State Forest’s Big Run campground in Garrett County.

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Enjoy Winter in Maryland: Get Outside!

Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow and predicted more winter to come. Luckily, there is plenty to do outside in Maryland in the cold season!

Do you need some recreation inspiration? Check out our list of winter activities on Maryland's public lands, from the mountains to the coast.

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Now Hiring: Seasonal Positions Across Maryland

The Maryland Park Service is recruiting for many summer seasonal positions! Have you ever wanted to work at your local state park? Here is your chance!

Positions include park rangers, naturalists, contact station and visitor service attendants, trail technicians, and maintenance workers. To view a full listing of open positions and apply, visit the Maryland State Jobs website.


Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Announce 45 Percent Increase in Maryland State Parks Attendance in 2020

Youth, Veteran, and Military Waterfowl Hunting Day Feb. 6

Winter Turkey Season Harvest Increases

Maryland Park Service Superintendent Recognized for Distinguished Service

Maryland Gears Up for Winter and Spring Trout Fishing

Maryland Welcomes 16,000 Hikers to First Weekend of 2021


Are you wondering how to support your community during the COVID-19 crisis?
Visit Governor Hogan's Maryland Unites website to learn about how individuals can help.

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