TIPS: Local Community Resources

Children begin exploring the world from the moment they are born. As they grow, their world expands from the family and home they live in, to the community that surrounds them. A great way to help children connect and explore their world is to check out some of the local community resources Maryland has to offer! Here are a few ideas:

Farmers Markets

Fall weather in Maryland is right around the corner, but the bounty of fresh, delicious, local produce continues. Farmers markets run throughout the state until mid-November. Find out here if there is one close to you.

Local produce can teach children what is in season and the value of wholesome, healthy food. Use the market to purchase local foods or plan a field trip with the children!

In addition to community farmers markets, participants in Women, Infants and Children (WIC) can also use their vouchers at any authorized farmers markets in the state. Anyone who uses WIC can check to see if there are farmers markets nearby, or if local farmers have on-farm stands at the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides coupons for fresh, unprepared, local foods to individuals who receive WIC program benefits. Check the FMNP website to see if you are eligible for this benefit.

Music and Arts Festivals
Enjoy the sounds and sights of enriching music and arts events! Art and music provide wonderful visual and auditory experiences for children.

Find out about your local music and arts festivals through Maryland’s Office of Tourism.

Children playing outside

Nature Center and Parks
Explore the science of life and nature by taking your children to a local park or nature center. Naturalists and park staff can provide a wealth of knowledge on plants and animals, and introduce children to the local ecosystem.

Check out some of the local parks and nature centers near you: