Middle Patuxent Environmental Area Trail Maintenance Volunteer

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Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks: Middle Patuxent Environmental Area

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 11 people are interested
Clegg's Meadow
Clegg's Meadow at the MPEA

Goal: To provide and maintain official foot-traffic trails in the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area for passive environmental recreation and education access.

Duties: Work independently on your own schedule to maintain trail access and safety through pruning of trees, shrubs; clear waterbars, knicks and de-berm trails; assist staff with the creation of new trails or trail features. Monitor trail, trail marker, and bridge conditions and report major issues to staff.

This position will initially require one 3 hour training session, held on a TBD date in June or August.

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About Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks: Middle Patuxent Environmental Area


5795 Trotter Rd, Columbia, MD 21044, US

Mission Statement

The primary components of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area's mission are natural resource conservation, environmental education, research, and passive recreation. The area is managed using ecosystem management concepts to restore and protect the diversity of communities found in this region.


Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks manages the 1,021-acre Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) in cooperation with the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation. This natural area is home to a diversity of wildlife, including an impressive list of about 150 species of birds, over 40 species of mammals, and numerous amphibians, reptiles, fishes, butterflies, plants and other wildlife. Five and one-half miles of hiking trails, with two interpretive nature trail brochures, give visitors an opportunity to enjoy and learn about the area.

The objective of the MPEA volunteer program is to involve members of the community in many aspects of the MPEA's management. Volunteers can become involved in the development and maintenance of our trail system, help fight the invasive exotics that threaten our native species, study the diverse flora and fauna communities, participate in habitat management projects.

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We'll work with your schedule.


5795 Trotter RdMiddle Patuxent Envionmental AreaColumbia, MD 21044



  • Habitat Restoration
  • Landscaping
  • Botany
  • Outdoor Recreation


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • A 3-hour training session onsite.
  • Prospective volunteers should possess the ability to lift up to 50 lbs and an interest in hiking.

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