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The Department of Natural Resources preserves, protects, enhances and restores Maryland's natural resources for the wise use and enjoyment of all citizens. Within the framework of these Department-wide goals, Elk Neck State Park belongs to the State Forest and Parks Service (SFPS), a branch of DNR with the specific mission: To manage the natural, cultural, historic, and recreation resources to provide the best benefit of people. Volunteer Program Mission (unofficial) It is the mission of the Elk Neck State Park Volunteer Program to assist the park in its pursuit of the overlapping missions of the SFPS and the DNR by matching to tasks thus directed volunteers with compatible needs, interests, and abilities. Volunteers will experience the satisfaction of meeting challenges and contributing to the park's goals of education, efficiency, and resource stewardship while at the same time developing skills, building camaraderie, and having fun. The contributions and value of volunteers will not be overlooked, but acknowledged, appreciate, and recognized.
Sandy beaches, marshlands and heavily wooded bluffs comprise the peninsula formed by the North East and Elk Rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay, where this park is located. Several trails meander through the diversified topography, revealing the great variety of plant and animal life. An easy walking trail to Turkey Point Lighthouse provides a view of the Elk River and the Chesapeake Bay.
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