Park Quest At Maryland’s State Parks

By Jessica Bieber



Janes Island is an ideal spot for watersports like kayaking.
Kayaking at Janes Island
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Canoeing at Tuckahoe State Park
Canoeing at Tuckahoe State Park
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Kayaking near Janes Island
Kayaking near Janes Island
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Park Quest Registration Fills Quickly! Registration is Now Closed for 2019

Families who miss registration may still participate in Park Quest. However, without the Park Quest Passport teams will need to pay the appropriate day-use service charges at some of the participating State Parks. These families may want to consider purchasing the Maryland Park Service Annual Passport, which provides unlimited day-use access to all State Parks for one year from the month purchased.

If you’re up for a twist on the traditional family vacation and looking for an opportunity to explore Maryland’s great outdoors, the Maryland State Park Service has an adventure waiting for you.

The Maryland State Park Service has created Park Quest, a fun adventure that encourages families to unplug from technology and experience the beautiful and cultural resources our public land has to offer. Park Quest gives families the opportunity to get up close and personal with Maryland’s state parks by engaging in outdoor activities throughout the summer.

How to Participate in Park Quest

To participate, a family consisting of at least one adult and one child 16 years old or younger should register online and pay a modest registration fee per team. Don’t wait—registration is limited to only 1,000 teams and sells out every summer.

Let the Quest Begin

After you’ve registered, your family can start its quest beginning in May (check the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ website for the exact date). Park Quest Passport Booklets will be mailed out before May 1st..

There are a total of 20 possible Quests to complete, with diverse challenges including hikes, scavenger hunts, canoeing, and geocaching. Once a Quest has been completed, participants should have their Park Quest Passport endorsed by a Maryland State Park Service staff member.

Participating Locations

Each park name links to a detailed description of the Park Quest at that site.

New Bonus Quest: Enter Your Best Park Quest Photos in the 2019 Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest!

The 16th Annual Maryland Department of Natural Resources Photo Contest runs now through Aug. 30, 2019. All winners will be featured in the department’s 2020 wall calendar and published in the winter 2020 edition of the magazine. New this year, all entries must be submitted online. No hard copies of photographs will be accepted. Enter now for your chance to win cash, state parks passports and other terrific prizes!

Quest Completion

Teams that have completed a minimum number of Quests by October 31st, will be entered into a drawing for special Park Quest prizes!

Questions about Park Quest may be directed to:

Ranger Melissa Boyle Acuti
Maryland Park Service
E-mail: [email protected]
(Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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