New Germany News: Early March Programs

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NEW Program Series: Park PROs!

Beginning this month, New Germany State Park will launch a new program series, called Park Pastimes and Recreation in the Outdoors (Park PROs). This initiative is designed to offer free, instructional programs focused on introducing people to nature-based lifestyle and recreation activities. Participants who attend six Park PROs programs will receive a certificate for a free boat rental, ski rental, or night of camping. Look for "Park PROs" in the program title.  

Full Moon

February 23: Full Moon Hike
7 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 "Snow Moon" will be the last full moon of winter. Please bring a flashlight or headlamp.


February 24: Park PROs - Intro to Snowshoeing and Winter Hiking 
3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Lake House

Interested in learning a new activity this year? Join Ranger Julia for this Park PROs presentation on how to snowshoe and safely enjoy winter hiking. The first hour will be indoors, followed by an optional guided hike to practice new skills. A limited number of snowshoes will be available to try if there is adequate snow. All ages are welcome. No registration required.

Owl Craft

March 9: Owl Craft and Pellet Dissection
2-4 p.m. at the Lake House

Join Volunteer Naturalists Deb and Peggy for an OWLsome afternoon! Learn how to make your very own owls out of recycled toilet paper rolls. Afterwards, find out what the local owls have been up to by dissecting real owl pellets. 


March 9: Furs, Feathers, and Skulls!
2-4 p.m. at the Lake House (weather permitting) 

Drop by the Lake House for this hands-on program, where Ranger Noah will be displaying a collection of furs, feathers, and skulls. Test your knowledge of local birds and mammals and learn about the unique traits that set these animals apart. This program is a "come-and-go" style display, so visitors are welcome to stop by at any point during the two-hour program window.

Lake House

March 9: Movie Night - Peter Rabbit
7-9 p.m. at the Lake House 

Enjoy this free showing of "Peter Rabbit" (rated PG). Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase at the Snack Bar, along with complimentary s’mores.

March 10: New Germany Book Club -      Meet and Greet
10 a.m. at the Lake House 

Join Ranger Noah for this inaugural meeting of the New Germany Book Club! The club will meet once a month for coffee and snacks, while sharing insights and thoughts about a nature-themed book. The first book will be selected at the March 10 meeting. Participants who attend six club meetings will receive a free night of camping. Registration is required. Please email to register. 

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Pileated Woodpecker by Jessica Nelson

March 10: Woodpecker Walk
2 p.m. at the Lake House (weather permitting)

Join Ranger Noah on this moderate-to-difficult 2.5-mile hike and learn about the 7 species of woodpeckers native to Maryland, including the best places to find them in the park. Photo credit: Jessica Nelson.

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March 16: Park PROs - Outdoor Survival 101
2-4 p.m. at the Lake House 

Join Ranger Julia for this Park PROs presentation and learn some essential skills for being prepared and handling emergencies in Maryland's wilderness. There will be opportunities to practice skills outdoors, weather permitting. No registration required. 

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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Donate to Maryland's State Parks! Your donation will support butterfly and bumblebee habitat and education in state parks. 

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

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

Our annual State Park and Trail 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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First Responders and Law Enforcement Discount:

$40 off the Annual Park Pass, which provides unlimited day-use entry to all Maryland State Parks, plus free boat launching and discounts on concessions and boat rentals. Offer good for Maryland residents only.

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