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Exciting DNR Exhibit Planned For State Fair

Saturday, August 29 is Natural Resources Day at the Fairgrounds

Timonium, Md. – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is set to display its new interactive exhibit at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium from Friday, Aug. 28 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7. The exhibit, which will showcase Maryland’s Smart, Green and Growing initiative, will feature sustainable ideas that citizens can use to make changes at home and in daily life.

“Each resident and business owner can make a difference by adopting sustainable living practices that significant improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “If each of us takes responsibility for our actions, we can create a smarter, greener Maryland for future generations of children to enjoy.”

Visitors to DNR’s exhibit will learn about Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts including oysters, bay grasses and nutrient reduction. In addition, the ever popular Scales & Tales Program will display their birds and critters everyday from 12 to 4 p.m.

The exhibit will be located on the second floor of the Maryland State Fair building along with the State Fair museum next to the 4-H Home Arts facility.

Some other highlights of the DNR exhibit at this year’s fair include:

  • Children in Nature – Visitors can discover fun and simple activities they can do with their children to get them outdoors playing and learning about the environment! There will be information available on new youth programs and activities from various state agencies, including the opportunity to sign up for DNR’s Junior Hunter Field Days and information about how to get involved in Maryland’s Tributary Teams.
  • River of Words Award Ceremony – The Maryland winners from this unique youth poetry and art contest will be announced and awarded prizes on Saturday, August 29 at 10 a.m. Contact Joann Wheeler at 410-260-8809 for more information or visit to view this year’s entries.
  • DNR Staging Areas – Fairgoers will enjoy live presentations with hands on activities and games that teach how to save energy at home and better utilize resources through conservation, recycling and composting.
  • Forestry – Citizens can learn all about the Marylanders Plant Trees program, how to participate and help Maryland reach its goal of 50,000 trees by the year 2010!
  • Natural Resources Police – The NRP will be on hand to offer important tips on boating and hunting safety.

  • Park Quest – Staff from Maryland State Parks who hosted Park Quest challenges will share stories of the adventures of the participating Park Quest families. Check out all of the team adventure diaries on DNR’s website at

Introduced by Governor Martin O’Malley in October 2008, Maryland’s Smart, Green & Growing initiative was created to strengthen the state’s leadership role in fostering smarter, more sustainable growth and inspiring action among all Marylanders to achieve a more sustainable future. The initiative brings together state agencies, local governments, businesses and citizens to create more livable communities, improve transportation options, reduce the state’s carbon footprint, support resource based industry, invest in green technologies, preserve valuable resource lands and restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

   August 24, 2009

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

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 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