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Add Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks’ “Find Your Park HoCo” quest to your family’s list of summer fun

April 18, 2016

Media Contacts:
John Byrd, Director, Department of Recreation & Parks, 410-313-4640
Dan McNamara, Superintendent, Natural and Historical Resources Division, 410-313-4725

COLUMBIA, MD – Howard County’s Department of Recreation & Parks has joined the national movement to connect people with parks in their communities through “Find Your Park HoCo,” a program that guides the exploration of county parks with an interactive booklet.

The Department’s “Find Your Park” booklet features maps of eight of the County’s parks and directions for a special expedition that will lead visitors to a rubbing post located within a half-mile of the parking area in each park. The posts have been set up to allow program participants to document their visit to the park in their booklet. Each booklet also features an additional optional expedition participants can check out that guides them to a more remote area of the park to explore.

“There are many benefits to staying active, and one way to do so is getting outside and exploring the wonderful parks right here in Howard County,” said John Byrd, Department of Recreation & Parks Director. “This program is a great way to spend time with family and friends and have an adventure at parks in different parts of the county.”

Participants who visit and complete a rubbing at all eight parks can turn in their completed booklet anytime during the month of September to the Robinson Nature Center to receive a free prize bag. All who do so will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a four-person camping tent and chairs from REI. To pick up your free booklet, stop by the County’s Robinson Nature Center (6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia), REI (6100 Dobbin Road, Columbia) or one of this summer’s Recreation & Parks Sunset Serenades concerts at Centennial Park, held Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. from June 29 to August 10.

The National Park Service created the Find Your Park movement to celebrate its 100th birthday. For more information on this campaign, visit For more information on Howard County’s Find Your Park program, visit