New Germany News: Early June Programs

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Photo of New Germany Lake
Night Sky

June 2: Full Moon Kayaking 
8:45 - 10:15 p.m. at the Lake House (weather permitting) 

Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience the beauty of New Germany Lake under a full moon—from the water.

This program will be limited to 15 participants. Kayakers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while onboard the rental boat. To register, please email A headlamp or flashlight is required.

Work Day

June 3: Trail Work Day
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Tall Oaks Pavilion (weather permitting)

Ahead of National Trails Day on the first weekend of June, the Friends of New Germany State Park will team up with Garrett Trails to host a trail work day. Please dress for trail work and bring water. 

The work day will conclude with food and drinks at noon, courtesy of the Friends of New Germany.

Full Moon

June 3: Full Moon Hike
9:30 p.m. at the Lake House (weather permitting) 

Embrace the beauty of the forest under a full moon on this 1-mile hike with Ranger Noah. This will be the last full moon of spring, known as the "Strawberry Moon." Please bring a flashlight or headlamp.

Mt Laurel

June 4: Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel Hike 
9 a.m. at the Lake House (weather permitting) 

Join Ranger Noah on this easy-to-moderate 2.5-mile hike and learn about these two commonly confused plant species. 

Native Plant Garden

June 6: Weed or Wildflower?
9 - 10:30 a.m. at the Native Plant Garden (weather permitting)

Team up with the Friends of New Germany State Park and native plant enthusiasts to help remove unwanted plants from our native plant garden. As you work, you will learn how to identify common weeds and why protecting native plants is so critical for wildlife.

Please come prepared with your own work gloves, knee pads, tick spray, sunscreen, and water.

Hiking Symbol

June 6: Take A Hike Tuesday
10 a.m. - noon at the Lake House (weather permitting) 

Join Ranger Noah on this challenging 4-mile hike and experience the revitalizing effects of outdoor exercise.

Oyster Mushroom

June 10: Oyster Mushroom Gardening
2 the Lake House 

Join Ranger Noah for this hands-on program and learn how to grow your very own oyster mushroom garden. Please bring gardening gloves and hiking boots. Photo by Geff Stewart.

Pileated Woodpecker

June 11: Why Dead Trees Matter 
9 a.m. at the Lake House (weather permitting) 

Join Ranger Noah on this easy 2-mile hike and learn about the important roles that dead trees play in our ecosystem. Photo by Mike Muscatello.

Old Time Jam

June 16: Old Time Jam 
6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lake House 

Musicians and listeners of all ages are invited to share and enjoy traditional “old-timey” music. 

Snacks and gifts will be available for purchase.

Unless otherwise noted, events are held rain or shine, free and fun for all ages; donations are always welcome. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Dress for the weather/activity, wear sunscreen and insect repellent, bring plenty of water and snacks, and check for ticks.

Please call 301-895-5453 for additional information or to register.

New Germany staff also manages Big Run, Casselman River Bridge, and Dans Mountain state parks.

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Donations in any amount are a helpful way to make a difference. Thank you!

Three photos of people enjoying parks year round

Annual Pass Available for Purchase
$75 for Marylanders; $100 for out-of-state visitors

Our annual State Parks and Trails Passport grants unlimited day-use admission and boat launching at state parks, and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. 

To enhance convenience and value, this year's pass will arrive in a self-contained packet with a detachable hang-tag, and will be valid for a full year from the month of purchase. 

Our network of 75 state parks include more than 900 miles of trails for biking, hiking and horseback riding, as well as unique water access and camping facilities.

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