News from the DNR Office of Communications

Green Your Holiday With Exciting Gifts From DNR’s Online Store

Annapolis, Md. (November 22, 2010) — This holiday season, shop sustainably at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) online store at This green gift-giving alternative offers a wide variety of gifts for everyone on your list without the hassle of holiday shopping crowds.

“The DNR online store truly has something for everyone,” said Gene Deems, eGov and Online Services Manager for DNR. “Through the store, customers can not only save time and energy by shopping online and surprise loved ones with terrific gifts they’ll never forget, but also celebrate and support our State’s abundant natural resources.”

Released just in time for the holiday season, the 2011 Maryland Natural Resource Calendar is now available for purchase. A gift they can use all year long, the calendar features winning photographs from the 2010 Photo Contest that highlight the wonder and beauty of Maryland’s great outdoors. Also available for purchase are subscriptions to the Maryland Natural Resource Magazine, DNR’s quarterly publication and a wonderful guide to recreation and conservation in Maryland.

The 2011 Maryland State Park Passport is a terrific gift for friends and family members who love the outdoors. Valid through December 31, 2011, the passport is a great value, providing for free day-use entry for up to 9 people in a vehicle to any of Maryland’s 65 State Parks, free boat launching at all facilities and a 10 percent discount on state-operated concessions and boat rentals. This is a fantastic deal for regular Park visitors and nature-lovers alike.

Waterproof and tear-proof trail guides and reusable cotton bandana maps are the perfect companions to a State Park Passport and make great gifts for hikers, horseback riders or mountain bikers.

Bird-watchers and art-lovers would enjoy a wildlife conservation print while a black bear conservation stamp, hat, stuffed animal, or t-shirt makes a perfect gift for wildlife enthusiasts. Proceeds from the sale of wildlife gifts help to fund wildlife monitoring and restoration efforts.

Future, current, or retired firefighters will enjoy a limited edition centennial forest fire truck. Conservationists will delight in the Gift of Trees that gives not only to them, but to future generations and the environment by planting a tree through DNR’s Tree-Mendous Program.

All of these gifts may be purchased online at and delivered by Christmas if ordered by December 19.

   November 22, 2010

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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million 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 11 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