The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has announced the summer schedule for “Es Mi Parque” Spanish-language activity events at state parks throughout Maryland.
The name, in English, translates to “It’s my park.” The Es Mi Parque program was launched by the Department of Natural Resources in 2016 as a pilot project to improve customer service and reduce access barriers for the Hispanic community.
It has since evolved to be the umbrella term for all Spanish bilingual programs and events at parks, including annual summer events at different state parks, a bilingual Junior Ranger camp held at Patapsco Valley State Park, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, and much more.
Summer events feature activities such as fishing skill games, safe boating practices, learning about Maryland wildlife, and more. The following events are scheduled this year:
—Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis – July 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
—Patapsco Valley State Park–Avalon Area, Halethorpe – July 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
—Point Lookout State Park, Scotland – August 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will be held September 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 pm. at Patapsco Valley State Park–Avalon Area.
The department is seeking local community leaders, organizations, and vendors to collaborate in these programs. Anyone interested in partnering with Es Mi Parque can contact Monserrat Pizarro, via email at [email protected].