COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland is celebrating 15 years of Maryland Day. The must-attend open house on April 27 has become one of the most popular annual events in the Washington, D.C./Virginia/Maryland region. The campus opens its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine) – offering more than 400 free events, free parking, free on-campus transportation, and many food choices.
"Maryland Day is a terrific opportunity for families to experience the joys of discovery, as they peek over the shoulders of great researchers and teachers," says University of Maryland President Wallace Loh. "Learning should always be this much fun."
Throughout UMD's 1,250-acre campus, visitors can "Explore Our Fearless World" with tours, exhibits and demonstrations. The university is divided into six specific areas: Ag Day Avenue, Arts Alley, Biz and Society Hill, Science and Tech Way, Sports and Rec Row and Terp Town Center. Come find out why UMD is increasingly known as a center of innovation, creativity and social change.
The 2013 program features several popular events:
- Survive a blast in the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel and learn how it's used in aerodynamic studies.
- Visit the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center for a day full of activities including the Hip-Hop Orchestra in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
- Enjoy a Maryland Day 2013 original at the Dairy – The Fearless ice cream – Tahitian vanilla ice cream studded with cacao nibs, swirled with caramel and accented with spicy Thai mango and red hot pepper melba.
- Try your hand at being a TV weathercaster in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism's Knight Hall. Sponsored by WUSA-9, take away a DVD of your performance.
- The School of Public Health will offer free health checks in front of Comcast Center.
- Enjoy the Maryland Equestrian Club horse show at the campus farm, get gardening tips and more on Ag Day Avenue.
- Under the Big Top Tent enjoy the Maryland Drum Line with the Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band, breakdancing, tango and more.
- Take a tour of the human brain – in 3D in the Big Top on McKeldin Mall.
- Don't miss the kids' carnival on McKeldin Mall, including a moon bounce and much more.
- Enjoy the international cooking demonstration on Hornbake Plaza and don't miss the Fearless Ideas cooking segments hosted by ABC2 (WMAR-TV).
- Alumni are welcomed back to campus with events at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center.
Over at the Comcast Center, UMD sports fans can meet coaches and members of the men's and women's basketball teams. The men's football team, including head coach Randy Edsall, will sign autographs on the concourse at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland Day is a green event. The university will use sugar cane based serving products that include cups, plates, platters, forks, knives and spoons. Composting bins will be available on McKeldin Mall and Hornbake Plaza. And clear containers will make it easy to recycle at Maryland Day.
Check out this quick, 30 second clip of Maryland Day 2013: