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Bay Game Activity Book Now Available

Celebrates 15 years of providing children with fun, environmental activities

Bay Game 2012-2013

Annapolis, Md. (June 14, 2012) — The 2012-2013 Maryland Bay Game: Celebrating Children & Our Natural World is en route to area libraries, State Parks, and visitor centers, ready to take kids on an exciting journey across the State. For the past 15 years, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has published the free, colorful booklet in celebration of Maryland’s wealth of natural resources, rich history and its next generation of stewards. New this year, the booklet also features an interactive online quiz, QR codes and the chance to win great prizes!

“The Bay Game is a fun and engaging guide that helps children learn about and appreciate all that our great State has to offer,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “It is essential that we equip our children with the knowledge to make responsible, sustainable choices, for the future of our natural world and theirs.”

Families can enjoy hours of outdoor fun with activities, puzzles and information to help children learn about the world around them. Based on Governor O’Malley’s Maryland Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights, this year’s Bay Game takes children on a journey across Maryland using all five of their senses. By encouraging each child to use more than just their eyes and ears, they are more apt to fully immerse themselves in the outdoors and develop a connection with nature.

Beginning this week, families can pick up a copy of the Bay Game at their local library, a State Park, any Maryland visitor or tourist center, and other locations including: Maryland State Department of Education, Medical Pavilion of Howard County, Westfield Annapolis Mall, Prime Outlets Queenstown, Destination USA, Best of Baltimore, Chesapeake Children’s Museum, Maryland Tourism Council, Patuxent National Wildlife Visitors Center, Maryland Coast Guard, Marley Station Mall Kids Club, Queen Anne’s County Department of Economic Development, Destination Maryland, Baltimore County Public Schools, Marshy Point Nature Center, Chestertown Tourism and Total Health Care Inc.

Sponsors of this year’s Bay Game include Chesapeake Bay Trust, Delmarva Power, Giant Food LLC, United Health Care, Visit Baltimore!, Ocean City, Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland Transportation Authority, Maryland Department of Agriculture, DNR Boating Services and Baltimore, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Prince George’s and Somerset Counties.

Children can print a copy of the Maryland Bay Game, take an interactive quiz to win prizes and enter the annual Color Maryland Green art and poetry contest at dnr.state.md.us/baygame.

In celebration of Maryland’s abundant natural resources and exciting recreational opportunities, Governor Martin O’Malley proclaimed June Great Outdoors Month in Maryland for the sixth year in a row, and the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature is helping citizens find a way to celebrate! The inaugural Celebrate Maryland Outdoors Daysencourages everyone to get outside and explore the State’s natural wonders through a wide array of fun events and activities June 9-23. Catch a fish, watch wildlife, follow a trail, go for a swim, take part in the Great American Backyard Campout… it’s all available somewhere nearby!


   June 14, 2012

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

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. 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