Volunteer With Cedarville State Forest

Message from the Manager of the Southern Maryland Recreational Complex (SMRC) Ranger Pat Bright, Jr.

Thank you for your interest in Volunteering with the Maryland Park Service! The Southern Maryland Recreational Complex (SMRC) is comprised of nearly 20,000 acres, spanning three counties. It includes a State Forest, a Wildlife Sanctuary, six State Parks, two State Wildlands, and numerous Natural Resource Management Areas. We boast some of the Free State’s very finest jewels, and an invaluable corps of volunteers strings our these gems together.

Our facilities simply could not run without the selfless contributions provided by our volunteers and “Friends” groups. Wherever you wish to volunteer in the SMRC, we welcome you, as do our vital affiliates: the Friends of Cedarville State Forest, the Friends of Calvert Cliffs State Park, the Friends of Smallwood State Park, and the Friends of Chapman State Park. Together with our small staff, these groups perform park operations, patrols, historic interpretation, special events management, park maintenance, trail work, beach cleanups, environmental education programs, fishing derbies, and much, much more.

Message from The Friends of Cedarville State Forest

The Friends of Cedarville State Forest, Inc. is an energetic, not-for-profit organization that promotes the preservation and public uses of the forest. Cedarville's gentle wooded area spans 3,510 acres with over 19 miles of trails. The Friends mission is to help the park staff maintain a forest that beckons our neighbors, friends and visitors. The Friends are an integral part of Cedarville's operation. We have once-a-month workdays throughout the year, plus special workdays when needed. The Friends maintain the campground and picnic areas, improve and repair bridges and trails and assist the Cedarville park staff with special projects. We also have many new up and coming programs planned for Cedarville each season to enhance the outdoor experiences of our park patrons and campers. There are many opportunities for volunteers to make a difference. The Cedarville staff will help you choose from the fulfilling activities offered. You can set your own hours and volunteer whenever you wish. Now is your chance to make your own mark. Join the Friends of Cedarville State Forest!

Read more about the efforts of the Friends of Cedarville State Forest.

Bob Asman, President of The Friends of Cedarville State Forest, Inc. (windhunter96@hotmail.com)

Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Volunteers at Cedarville State Forest

Camp Host

The Camp Host works 25 hours a week. In return, Camp Hosts are provided with a free campsite while they are part of the camp host program. The work to be done is generally campground related:

  • Welcome new campers
  • Keep the campsites clean
  • Keep the campground in good condition
  • Answer questions asked by campers
  • Monitor the campground restrooms
  • Pick up trash throughout the park
  • Inform campers what is happening in the park/area over the period of the campers' stay
  • Work alongside park staff and respond to visitor inquiries, assist with park operations and maintenance projects, monitor and maintain park trails, and assist with naturalist programs and youth group volunteer projects.

For an application and additional information, contact Ranger Amelia Matos at 301-888-1410 or e-mail at amatos@dnr.state.md.us

Trail Work Days

Do you like to get your hands dirty? If so, join Cedarville State Forest's Trail Crew as we continue to improve and upgrade the park's trail system. These trails do not just appear for our enjoyment -- it takes many hours of planning, labor and negotiating to develop and maintain them. Trail Work Days are held from 9 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays from March to November. To participate you must sign up in advance for a particular date. The minimum age to volunteer is 16. The actual location of each trail project will depend on the priorities of the trail crew and the number of volunteers who sign up. Everyone who signs up will be notified by e-mail a day or two before each date and will be advised as to who, where and when to meet and what to bring. For an application and additional information, contact Ranger Amelia Matos at 301-888-1410 or e-mail at amatos@dnr.state.md.us

Become a Volunteer Ranger

Volunteer Rangers help protect Maryland's natural resources. The Volunteer Ranger program is for people ages 18 and above who want to assist the Department's regular work force in state parks with operations, programs and public service. Volunteers are trained and provided with uniforms for their jobs once they have completed 40 hours of volunteer service at a state park.

A one-day orientation training helps rangers become acclimated to the state forest and Park Service. Additional training opportunities, that may include CPR, first aid, search and rescue and trail stewardship, are offered on a regional basis. As ambassadors of the state parks, Volunteer Rangers serve a vital role to the public. Thousands of visitors to Maryland's state parks look to Volunteer Rangers for guidance and help. For an application and additional information, contact Ranger Amelia Matos 301-888-1410 or e-mail at amatos@dnr.state.md.us

Join the Volunteer Mounted Patrol (VMP)

Ride into the sunset and help park guests. These volunteer rangers patrol the forest on horseback assisting park guests, reporting trail maintenance issues, and reporting other problems and violations. All VMP's must provide their own horse and be 18 years of age. Interested persons should start volunteering through different opportunities at the forest. After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service with the forest, the volunteer attends training for Volunteer Ranger certification and is provided with a uniform. After receiving certification, the volunteer commits to 100 hours of service per year. If you are interested but do not have your own horse, you can also become a Volunteer Ranger and patrol on foot or in a vehicle. For an application and additional information, contact Ranger Amelia Matos 301-888-1410 or e-mail at amatos@dnr.state.md.us

Join the Volunteer Bike Patrol (VBP)

Do you like to ride your bike in the forest? Did you know you can patrol the forest on your bike as a member of our Volunteer Bike Patrol? These volunteer rangers provide assistance to park guests, especially mountain bikers and hikers, by offering information and directions. In addition, they report downed trees on trails, washouts and other hazards. All VBP's must provide their own bike and be 18 years of age. Interested persons should start volunteering through different opportunities at the forest. After accruing 40 hours of volunteer service within the forest, the volunteer attends training for Volunteer Ranger certification and is provided with a uniform. After receiving certification, the volunteer commits to 100 hours of service per year. If you are interested but do not have your own bike, you can also become a Volunteer Ranger and patrol on foot or in a vehicle. For an application and additional information, contact Ranger Amelia Matos 301-888-1410 or e-mail at amatos@dnr.state.md.us

Want more information? Contact the Cedarville Statet Forest Volunteer Coordinator:
Amelia Matos
Cedarville State Forest
10201 Bee Oak Road
Brandywine, MD 20613
301-888-1410
E-mail: amatos@dnr.state.md.us

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