Nonprofit Spotlight

Nonprofit Spotlight

Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum

Where history and nature surround you thumbnail_jppm-logo.png


Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (JPPM or JefPat) is a Maryland state park and archaeological museum, located near the Patuxent River in Calvert County. The site covers 560 acres of land, contains 65 archaeological sites, and features 9,000 years’ worth of human artifacts. According to the organization’s website, JPPM “connects people to the past through history and archaeology.” It also “supports the preservation of Maryland’s cultural and natural resources.”


 “The land that makes up the park grounds, with its fertile soils, abundant natural resources, and beautiful waterfronts, has been called home by various groups of people over the last 9,000 years. As such, it is the perfect place to learn about Southern Maryland’s complex and fascinating past.”

          - Patricia Samford, Director, Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab 


Pavilion ©2006 David W Krankowski


JPPM is open to the public throughout the year and entry is free. Visitors can explore the park through a variety of activities. They can hike several trails within the park or take a guided hike educating about local archaeology. The site also features the Woodland Indian Village, a rebuilt site where visitors can practice native skills. Additionally, visitors can tour the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab) for free, where they can learn about the park’s research and conservation efforts. Fun and educational programs are also held every month. Past programs have featured history walks, crafting projects, and events for children. Many more activities and programs are offered, all of which can be found on the JPPM website.


“Great place to walk and relax. Very scenic views and opportunities to learn local history.”

          - Patron

 “They’ve done a really nice job with the heritage and historical information around the park, especially as it relates to native people’s settlements and early American history.”

          - Patron


Educator Nate teaches kids about the art of covering a wigwam.

Since the park is always active, JPPM offers volunteer opportunities to the public. There are a variety of ways that volunteers can help within the park. Some volunteer projects are seasonal, while others last throughout the year. Year-long projects include planting local vegetation within the park and assisting with artifact processing. Some volunteer tasks repeat weekly, while others are adjustable based on the volunteer’s schedule. Volunteer opportunity schedules depend on what subjects and activities the volunteer is interested in.



Briana, one of JefPat's new volunteers from the College of Southern Maryland, works weekly at digitizing some of the historic photography collection.


“As a JP volunteer, there is a myriad of opportunities to give back knowledge, skills I cherish, art, community, history, and the environment. In turn, I garner much more by being a part of the JefPat family, planting seeds, understanding our past, and encouraging our futures in Calvert.”

          - Shari Adams, Avid JefPat Volunteer


No matter if one wishes to discover something new or learn historical information, Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum has something for everyone. New visitors and volunteers are always welcome!

Learn more at the Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum website.

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