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National Trails Day Event at Patapsco Valley State Park

Volunteers Needed to Help Repair and Create New Trails

Ellicott City, Md. (May 27, 2010) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be celebrating National Trails Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday June 5 at Patapsco Valley State Park. At this family activity, volunteers are invited to help clear, repair and create trails at the park’s Avalon, McKeldin and Orange Grove Areas.

“National Trails Day is an opportunity to get families involved in caring for the park and protecting the resources that hopefully will be here for their children and grandchildren to enjoy,” said Captain Robin Melton, Patapsco Valley State Park Manager. “If you live in Catonsville, Elkridge, Ellicott City or Baltimore you can literally step out of your back door and be hiking a trail in Patapsco Valley State Park in minutes.”

This year, all of Maryland’s REI stores, MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts), Trail Conservancy, Inc. and the FPVHG (Friends of the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway) are sponsoring the event. REI will sign up volunteers at its Timonium, College Park and Rockville locations and will also provide breakfast snacks and a light lunch for volunteers. T-shirts will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We rely on volunteers to make this event a success and it’s a lot of fun enjoying nature, family and friends,” said Ranger Amy Lutsko, just one of the rangers who will be leading volunteers at the McKeldin Area.

Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Participants should wear long pants and bring, water, bug spray, sun screen and sturdy shoes (no flip-flops or sandals). Volunteers MUST sign up in advance by calling 410-465-3287 or emailing

   May 26, 2010

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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