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Celebrate the National Park Service Birthday at Assateague
Contact: Rachelle Daigneault, 410-629-6088
Berlin, Maryland - The National Park Service is turning 96 on August 25 and would like the public to help us celebrate. If you are interested in having some family fun on bicycles, make your way to the Assateague Island Visitor Center on Route 611 for the Assateague Island National Seashore Family Bike Adventure. Arrive at 10:00 a.m. for Bike Decorating with a ranger, and a Bike "Roadeo" with volunteers from the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), Eastern Shore. At 11:30 a.m. meet at the visitor center parking lot for an eight mile Group Bike Ride led by IMBA riders and national seashore rangers. The ride will take visitors into the national seashore and back again. There is no charge for these activities. Bike helmets are recommended and all young people under 16 are required to wear a helmet by Maryland state law.
The Bike "Roadeo" is a friendly and fun approach to cycling safety which takes place on a chalk course that simulates roads, intersections, stop signs, and potential hazards. IMBA volunteers will provide safety tips and explain rules of the road to participants. All are welcome from tiny tricycles to sleek road bikes.
The day's events will also include an aquarium talk, clamming and crabbing demonstrations, and even a puppet show. Download a flyer (pdf file, 249kb) or call the visitor center at 410-641-1441 for information on times and locations.
There are no entrance fees for visitors coming into the national seashore on bicycles. The fee for those driving into the park is $15 for a 7 day pass. Many activities take place at the Assateague Island Visitor Center where no fee is charged.
Did You Know?
Prickly pear cactus is native to dry, sandy areas on Assateague Island. American Indians applied peeled pads to wounds and drank pad tea for lung ailments. Fruits were eaten fresh or dried for winter use.