Families of all kinds are encouraged to join the Maryland Park Service for Park Quest. A team is a family unit consisting of at least one adult and one minor 16 years old or younger. We encourage the entire family to participate in all Park Quest activities.
The facilities and services of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical or mental disability. It is the participant’s responsibility to have the necessary skills, and equipment for a safe and environmentally sensitive visit.
The Park Quest season has been extended from previous years! In 2018, Park Quest will run from June 1st through December 1st. Please be aware that some quests do have specific time limitations.
The registration fee for Park Quest is $10, which will provide you with a Park Quest Passport. The Park Quest Passport provides free access to the sites and activities required for the 2018 Park Quest program. If you do not have a Park Quest Passport, you will be required to pay the daily entrance fees. It is recommended that frequent visitors to Maryland State Parks purchase an Annual Passport, which provides unlimited day-use access to all state parks through December 31st.
Camping and associated fees are not included as part of the Park Quest registration or Park Quest Passport. However, Park Quest teams are encouraged to go camping as part of their quest across Maryland! Teams who are planning overnight stays in state park campsites or cabins must pay the appropriate reservation service charges. Overnight accommodations in Maryland State Parks can be reserved through this website at: parkreservations.maryland.gov.
Registration for 2018 opens on May 1st. Registration is open until filled. There is a 1,000 team limit for Park Quest.
Teams must register on-line. Registration will be conducted via the DNR Online Store. Registration for 2018 opens on May 1st. There is a 1,000 team limit for Park Quest. Registration is done online only, on a first come, first serve basis. If you miss the registration you may still participate in Park Quest activities without the Park Quest Passport. However, you will have to pay the daily entrance fee where required and will not be eligible for Park Quest prizes. It is recommended that frequent visitors to Maryland State Parks purchase an Annual Passport, which provides unlimited day-use access to all state parks through December 31st.
Teams must agree to the Liability Waiver on-line prior to completing registration.
Teams who complete the registration, and pay the registration fee, will be issued a Park Quest Passport. Upon receipt of the Passport, teams will write their team name on the Passport. The Passport provides access to the Park Quests sites and activities.
Park Quest Passports will be mailed before June 1st via the U.S. Postal Service to teams at the address provided during registration. The Passport is presented upon entrance at any staffed Park Quest site to gain access to materials needed to complete the Quest. At self-directed sites follow directions provided on the Park Quest Website. The Park Quest Passport provides the team with free access to day-use facilities ONLY on the day of the team's Quest. For additional services such as camping, teams will be subject to applicable service charges. You must maintain and present the original Park Quest Passport issued upon registration with all applicable endorsements to be eligible for Park Quest prizes.
There are a total of 22 Quests for 2018! Quest instructions and worksheets can be downloaded from the Park Quest website beginning in May. Teams will complete their Quests by following the instructions provided. At some locations, completed Quests will be verified by Park staff and the team’s Passport will then be endorsed. At self-directed sites, teams will follow the instructions provided on the Park Quest website to complete their quest. The Passport endorsement will be provided by successfully completing the Quest activity.
Park Quests can be physically challenging. Persons with disabilities can be accommodated with advance notice. Contact the facility directly at least one week prior to the day you want to complete your Quest and request assistance.
Questions may be addressed to:
Melissa Boyle Acuti
Maryland Park Service
E-mail: Melissa.Boyle@maryland.gov (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401