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UMD Celebrates Maryland Day 2024

Annual event celebrating the campus and community returns April 27, 2024


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COLLEGE PARK, Md - The University of Maryland will host its 26th annual Maryland Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10am to 4pm EDT. The beloved campus-wide event will include over 300 free and family-friendly activities for guests to participate in, including sporting events, tours and demonstrations.

Guests can explore UMD’s expansive campus and history through touring its five Learning Neighborhoods: Terp Town Center, Art & Design Place, Ag Day Avenue, Science & Tech Way and Sports & Rec Row. Each neighborhood on campus will offer interactive events with endless possibilities of learning and fun. Highlights at this year’s event include:

  • Discover Do Good - meet student chance takers and difference makers tackling today’s grand challenges, make your own pledge to Do Good and get a chance to win Do Good swag

  • Fire Tornado - visit the Department of Fire Protection Engineering’s burn lab to see a 10-foot-tall fire tornado

  • Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream - bet you haven’t had ice cream like this! This homemade specialty tastes great and is safe for all ages (while supplies last).

  • Community Love Mural - as part of the university’s Arts for All initiative, award-winning visual artist and LGBTQ activist Lisa Marie Thalhammer joins Maryland Day guests of all ages to paint a temporary “Love for All” mural on a series of panels

  • Insect Petting Zoo - imagine tarantulas, exotic insects, scorpions, bees and millipedes longer than your hand for you to look at and touch - if you dare

  • Meet Baxter the Robot - the Department of Kinesiology shows you the cool features of both a 3D and avatar Baxter. Watch Baxter solve puzzles and perform tasks independently and with people. You can also interact with avatar Baxter in virtual reality, in a version that uses AI and will be shared on a huge screen

  • Taste of the Chesapeake Bay - get a taste of how you can help the Chesapeake Bay by trying new recipes featuring the blue catfish with the University of Maryland Extension team. Hourly demonstrations begin at noon, limited samples available

Visitors can also pay a visit to the SECU Stadium at noon to watch the Maryland football team cap off their spring practice schedule with their annual Red-White spring game. For a complete list of activities, visit

Maryland Day will take place rain or shine. Besides free on-campus parking, the university is also accessible via the Green Metro line at the College Park–University of Maryland metro station. Additionally, Shuttle-UM bus transportation will service main parking lots and garages.

Visit for more information and a complete list of activities and support this event on social media using #MarylandDay.

About the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland (UMD) is the state's flagship university and a leading public research institution, propelled by a $1.3 billion joint research enterprise. Located four miles from Washington, D.C., the university is dedicated to addressing the grand challenges of our time and is the nation's first Do Good campus. It is driven by a diverse and proudly inclusive community of more than 50,000 fearless Terrapins. UMD is a top producer of Fulbright scholars and offers an unparalleled student experience with more than 300 academic programs, 25 living-learning programs and 400 study abroad programs. Spurred by a culture of innovation and creativity, UMD faculty are global leaders in their field and include Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and members of the national academies. For more information about the University of Maryland, visit


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