University of Maryland Extension

Environmental and Camping Center



Maryland 4-H Environmental Education and Camping Center
243 4H Camp Road
Swanton MD 21561
Contact Information:
         Office Phone: 301-334-6960
GPS:  39.567914,-79.235909
The Maryland 4-H Environmental Education and Camping Center is owned and operated by University of Maryland Extension. Located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Garrett County, the center offers seasonal activities and accommodations for groups of all kinds. Readily accessible to the metropolitan areas of Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, the centers offers a wooded setting in which to enjoy the natural beauty and cool mountain air of Maryland's westernmost county. The center's extensive recreational facilities include activities for all ages and interests. The camp's picturesque 25-acre lake is perfect for the swimmers, canoeists, and fishermen in your group. Two campfire circles round out the camp's many opportunities for fun and education.

The camp can accomodate up to 158 people (minimum 30 persons)  to spend the day, a weekend or a week on the spacious grounds of 1,100 acres. The camp is open April thru October due to the cabins not having a heating system.  Indoor and outdoor facilities include:

  • Twelve comfortable cabins sleeping 12 each
  • Five staff cabins sleeping 3-4 each
  • Infirmary
  • 2 large shower houses with bathrooms
  • Spacious lodge hall with large fireplace                                    
  • Two open-air pavilions
  • Nature Center Building
  • Dining hall with tables and kitchen facilities for entire camp
  • Baseball field, basketball court, volleyball court
  • Archery and rifle range
  • Scenic 25-acre lake
  • Canoeing and swimming
  • Two large outdoor campfire circles
  • Low ropes challenge and team building course
  • Fresh water marsh, bog, and swamp
  • Nature trails

    Public Side Information:  this area is open to the public from May 1st to October 31st.  There is a small beach area, picnic area with a covered pavilion that may be reserved for a small fee.

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