Park Quest 2020 - “DIY” Do-It-Yourself Park Quest

Children looking at a river in Western Maryland 
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Welcome to Park Quest 2020: "DIY” (Do-It-Yourself) Park Quest" as we kick off the 13th season of this popular program! This summer you are challenged to visit and explore Maryland’s state parks and complete as many of the DIY Park Quest activities as you can. All activities are self-guided and can be done at your own pace with your family. Park Quest 2020 activities will be available until Oct. 31, 2020.

Participate in Park Quest 2020 to experience and enjoy the outdoors through recreational activities, to better appreciate the natural world through exploration and observation and to learn about Maryland’s varied history with your family as your team!

List of Activities - (by region/alphabetically by Park)​​​

Please be safe and follow all recommendations pertaining to social distancing while completing Park Quest activities.

Park Quest Updates for 2020:

    Girl holding a small toad
  • No pre-registration required for DIY Park Quest. Everyone is encouraged to participate in Park Quest activities with their families.
  • No Park Quest passport booklet. There will be no Park Quest passport booklet for Park Quest 2020 and collection of stamps is not required.
  • There are no additional fees to participate in the 2020 Park Quest Program. All materials are available online. Park day-use service charges will apply for families participating in Park Quest 2020. A list of service charges is on our website.
  • If you complete 12 (or more!) Park Quest activities before Oct. 31 and complete this form, your team will receive an official Park Quest certificate and will be eligible to win Park Quest prizes (proof of completion via photos will be required). The form must be completed by Nov. 1, 2020. Prize drawings will take place on Nov. 2, 2020 at 11 a.m. Winners will be notified by email. Prizes range from Park Quest stickers, magnets, and bandanas to an Annual State Park & Trail Passport (valued at $75).

Tips for Park Quest 2020:

  • Families are strongly encouraged to bring their own notebook, clipboard and paper or nature journal and pens, pencils, markers, etc. in order to complete Park Quest activities. Making drawings, taking photos, and jotting down notes are all highly recommended!
  • Two friends completing a Park Quest activity
  • Print out any Park Quest materials that you would like to use from the website ahead of time. If you prefer to not print, you may take a screenshot of the activity on your phone so you can have it with you at the park. At this time, parks are unable to provide any supplies for Park Quest.
  • Park Quest families are encouraged to purchase an Annual State Park & Trail Passport. Each passport entitles unlimited day-use entry for everyone in the vehicle (up to 10 people) to Maryland's state parks and facilities, unlimited boat launching at all state park facilities and a 10% discount on state-operated concession items and boat rentals. Available now for purchase! Valid for a full year from the time of purchase so you don't miss a single day of park fun!​

Fees

  • There are no additional fees to participate in the 2020 Park Quest Program. All materials are available online.
  • Two kids by a lake
  • Any applicable park “Day Use Service Charges” will apply for families participating in Park Quest 2020. A list of service charges can be found online: https://dnr.maryland.gov/Publiclands/Pages/oc.aspx
  • Park Quest Families are encouraged to purchase an Annual State Park & Trail Passport. Each Passport entitles unlimited day-use entry for everyone in the vehicle (up to 10 people), to Maryland's state parks and facilities; unlimited boat launching at all state park facilities; and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concession items and boat rentals. Available now for purchase! Valid for a full year from the time of purchase so you don't miss a single day of park fun!

Year of the Woman in Maryland - 2020 is the Year of the Woman in Maryland, celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in America. Several of the Park Quest activities are highlighting this important milestone. Look for the Year of the Woman logo on those Quests.

Camping - Consider camping overnight or staying in a cabin during your Quests! Overnight accommodations may be made at: https://parkreservations.maryland.gov/ Reservations are highly recommended. Some parks may fill to capacity and those without overnight reservations will be turned away.

Family at the overlook, Washington Monument State Park 

Stay Connected!

Share your adventure! We encourage teams to share their experiences on Social Media. Like us on Facebook @MarylandStateParks and Follow us on Twitter @MDStateParks #ParkQuest2020. Note that information posted, including photos and posts, become public information and may be used for future promotion and/or to document the activities of the MD Department of Natural Resources and Maryland Park Service.

Pick a Park Activities - NEW FOR 2020! These activities can be done outdoors at almost any State Park. Pick a nearby State Park park to enjoy or venture off to a new location to explore- it’s up to you! Some activities may even be able to be completed from your home, if you’d rather. Use the State Park Directory to find a park near you or a new park to explore during Park Quest! https://dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/parkmap.aspx

More activities will be added throughout the summer! Please check back for updates!

Tips for the Great Outdoors!

Remember all Park Quest Activities take place in the great outdoors! Here are some tips for a safe and more enjoyable visit:

  1. Always be aware of the weather and check the forecast before starting an outdoor activity.
  2. Wear proper clothing and footwear for the weather conditions. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes.
  3. Wear sunblock and a hat to protect yourself from sunburn. Choose to spend time outdoors early in the day or later in the day, when it may be cooler.
  4. Wear light-colored clothing and insect repellent "bug spray" when recreating outdoors in the summer.
  5. Conduct a tick check after participating in outdoor activities.
  6. Always wear an approved lifejacket or PFD (personal flotation device) when participating in activities on the water. Lifejackets are required for anyone under the age of 13.
  7. Stay on the trail - off-trail activities can be hazardous to your health and the health of the environment.
  8. Know how to identify poison ivy and try to avoid touching it. "Leaves of three, let it be." Be sure to wash with soap and water if you think you may have come in contact with poison ivy.
  9. Stay fueled and hydrated! Make sure you bring healthy snacks and plenty of water along. Eat and drink regularly as you participate in your Park Quest Activity.
  10. Know your limits! For example, before taking a long hike make sure your team tries several short hikes to test their endurance

Questions:

Questions regarding the "DIY” Park Quest Program may be directed to: Ranger Melissa Boyle Acuti via email: melissa.boyle@maryland.gov (Monday-Friday).

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