Hey Howard County! Looking for a way to get outdoors this summer? Why not give the Patuxent Challenge a try! What is the challenge, you're likely asking yourself? Well...

Participate in a variety of outdoor activities throughout the Patuxent River watershed. Complete one activity per county plus the City of Laurel in a calendar year (8 total activities). Document your participation by taking a selfie with each activity’s Patuxent Challenge sign. To receive your prize, email your selfie pics to PatuxentChallenge@gmail.com.

Share your adventures on social media using the hashtag, #PatuxentChallenge.

Prizes will be shipped January 2019. One prize pack per address.

Go to the Sites and Activities page for locations.

Here in Howard County we have a few of the challenge sites right here!

James and Anne Robinson Nature Center
Howard County
Sign Location: Left of Entrance @ Sycamore Stroll Trail and Mill Ruins Trail Signs

Enjoy a hike on 0.6 mile of trails that meander alongside the Middle Patuxent River and wind down to the Simpsonville Mill Historical Ruins. Hours of operation are Wed. thru Sat., 9 am to 5 pm; Sun., noon to 5 pm. Admission is $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for Children 3-17 yrs., under 3 freeAdmission fee includes tour of our LEED Platinum Nature Center and exhibits.

Scotts Cove Recreation Area
Howard County
Sign Location: Playground Area

Bring your favorite picnic and enjoy a scenic view of the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir, the drinking water source for 1/3 of WSSC’s customers. A WSSC watershed use permit is required. Area is closed from December 1st until about March 15th. There is no admission fee. Call 301-206-4FUN to check hours.

After you've completed the challenge, be sure to check out the other wonderful outdoor sites Howard County had to offer, including Patapsco State Park! Hope to see you out there.

Patuxent River challenge