News from the DNR Office of Communications

Maryland Park Service Celebrates Earth Day 2010 With New Discovery Pack Program

Annapolis, MD (April 21, 2010) — The Maryland Park Service (MPS), in collaboration with Macy’s Department Store’s “Turn Over a New Leaf” campaign, will introduce the Discovery Pack program statewide starting Thursday, April 22, 2010.

The Discovery Pack program stems from multiple Ranger requests for supplies that park visitors can borrow free of cost to further enjoy the park experience. Included in each Discovery Pack is a backpack, an insect and butterfly net, binoculars or a monocular, a Mid-Atlantic Field Guide, a tape measure, a magnifying glass, a nature notebook, colored pencils, and park specific information and activities.

“While it is our top priority to encourage Marylanders to enjoy our beautiful parks, we saw a need to provide the necessary tools and information so they could get the best possible experience,” said MPS superintendent Nina Settina.

The Discovery Packs are free to borrow from the park during regular office hours. Please check with each park in advance for location and availability of the Discovery Packs.
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   April 21, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 467,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov