Park Quest 2010 is a Maryland outdoor adventure program designed to engage families with children of all ages through interactive activities at Maryland State Parks.Team registration is now open and limited to the first 750 teams.
“Park Quest creates a fun, exciting learning opportunities for Maryland families, encouraging them to explore areas of our Parks they may not know about,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “By getting parents and kids outside to children and explore the outdoors, Park Quest helps to create a bond between children, their parents and nature while teaching them a sense of stewardship.”
Up to 750 teams can register online to participate in the third season of Park Quest. Registered teams will be issued a Passport that provides free access to 24 Park Quest sites, which are located within State Parks. Teams will have the opportunity to engage in activities ranging from a GPS-guided hike to paddling in a cypress swamp to grinding corn at a water powered mill.
The theme for Park Quest 2010 is “Where a Family Becomes a Team.” Teams must include at least one adult and one child 16 years of age or younger, but can be as large as 10 people, so families may invite grandparents, neighbors and friends to join. The goal is for teams to complete at least 10 Quests this summer between May 29 and September 6, 2010.
Teams that successfully finish 10 Quests will be eligible to participate in the Park Quest Finale on September 11, 2010 at the Hammerman Area of Gunpowder Falls State Park, where they could win outdoor-themed prizes such as camping gear, kayaks and vacation packages.
New for 2010, the Maryland Park Service is developing a Facebook page where teams will be able to share pictures and information related to their Park Quest adventures. Teams are encouraged to develop a team profile and show their team pride on Facebook.
Park Quest has introduced hundreds of families to the treasures hidden in many of Maryland’s most precious public lands and has instilled a lasting bond with nature in many children and families. To register or learn more, visit the Park Quest web site at www.dnr.maryland.gov/parkquest.