Volunteer With Patapsco Valley State Park
December Featured Volunteer – Elaine Bishop
If you’ve stopped by Patapsco Valley State Park headquarters in the last few months you’ve probably been greeted by a friendly, new face. Elaine Bishop is one of our newer volunteers, having just relocated to the Ellicott City area last spring. Elaine spends two days a week helping out with various tasks at park headquarters and recently started helping staff our McKeldin ranger station on weekends. Here’s what Elaine has to say about volunteering with her local state park:
What is your favorite thing about Patapsco Valley? “As I work side by side with the rangers, members of the staff, seasonal workers and other volunteers, I am building a great appreciation for how much effort and co-ordination is required to maintain such a large park complex. The challenges are two-fold: to provide quality experiences to the park patrons even as the natural environment is protected and preserved."
Why is it important to you to volunteer? “Being involved in any way that serves the Patapsco Valley State Park also serves my desire to give my time and experience to my new community. It is a ‘feel good’ opportunity for me."
Message from Park Manager
Do you love the outdoors? Do you get excited about sharing your love of nature with others? Perhaps you have some spare time, and would like to share a little with our park and park visitors.
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Patapsco Valley State Park. They are involved in just about every aspect of park operations. Our volunteers do so many fantastic things within the park. On a given day you can find our volunteer Rangers running daily operations, and our volunteer naturalists leading hikes or doing nature crafts. Perhaps you will encounter a member of our volunteer mounted patrol while you are out on the trails, and on that very same hike you might meet our trail maintenance volunteers or even one of our Adopt-a-Trail families. Don’t be surprised to see one of our volunteer photographers snapping pictures of people and nature within the park. If you stop in our visitor center or our nature center you will more than likely meet one of our volunteer docents – who will be thrilled to share interesting information about the park.
Do you think your talents are not suited for a park? We have graphic designers, marketing specialists, artists, carpenters, plumbers, stone masons, and seamstresses that all have volunteered to help create brochures, build decks and benches, promote our programs to media, and even sew curtains for our mini-cabins.
So if you have a little extra time to spare, I invite you to join the Patapsco Volunteer Family. We would love to have you as part of our team!
It is now even easier to start volunteering at Patapsco Valley State Park - our new on-line registration is only a click away. To search for volunteer opportunities at this state park and all of the state parks in Maryland, please "click" here to link to the Volunteer with Maryland State Parks webpage and then "click" on Opportunity Search in the Volunteer Menu on the left side of the page.
Message from the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park President, Bruce Clopein
The Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park invites you to join us in supporting this vital natural resource. A 501C3 non-profit, The Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park provides charitable gifts to enhance the park's educational and environmental assets. Our group has assisted with dam removal efforts, tree plantings, invasive removal, purchased interpretive displays, supported Eagle Scout projects, and provided materials for the Hilton Nature Center. We encourage you to join us in preserving and protecting Patapsco Valley State Park for future generations. For more information, please contact Bruce Clopein at (443) 517-9963. Visit the Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park's website at: http://www.fpvsp.org
Featured Volunteer Opportunity – Camp Hosts
Stake your claim to free camping at Patapsco Valley State Park!
That’s right! Volunteer as a camp host and it’s all yours! Camp hosts are needed through the camping season from April through October. You get a rustic campsite with great nature views provided by the Hilton and Hollofield campgrounds at Patapsco Valley State Park. All you have to do is commit a minimum of one month to camping and bring your own gear. Camp hosts are asked to spend 20 hours a week helping campers, selling firewood and keeping the camping facilities tidy. Priority consideration is given to anyone who can stay longer. The park staff will provide all the training you need. So pitch in as a park volunteer and pitch your tent (or camping trailer, etc.)! Sign up for your campsite now by contacting Volunteer Coordinator, Maegan Cooper at (410) 465-3287 or by email at email@example.com.
With locations in Baltimore, Howard, Carroll, and Anne Arundel counties, Patapsco Valley State Park has a volunteer opportunity for you! Here are just a few of the things you can do:
- Volunteer Ranger
- Visitor/Nature Center staffing
To search for volunteer opportunities at this state park and all of the state parks in Maryland, please "click" here to link to the Volunteer with Maryland State Parks webpage and then "click" on Opportunity Search in the Volunteer Menu on the left side of the page.
We look forward to having you join our volunteer family!
Maegan Cooper, Volunteer Coordinator
Patapsco Valley State Park
8020 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043