Middle Patuxent Environmental Areahttps://www.howardcountymd.gov/MPEA
The primary components of the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area's mission are natural resource conservation, environmental education, research, and passive recreation. The MPEA is a “forever protected” natural environmental area. At 1,021 acres, it is the largest parkland in Howard County’s system of parks, open space and natural resource areas. Howard County’s Department of Recreation and Parks manages the area in a cooperative partnership with the Middle Patuxent Environmental Foundation. The area is managed using ecosystem management concepts to restore and protect the diversity of communities found in this region.