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7th State (April 28, 1788), the south U.S.


State Abbreviation: MD

Nickname: Free State, Old Line State

Origin of Name: In honor of Henrietta Maria (Queen of Charles I of England)






Maryland State:

Maryland State Symbols
Motto: Fatti maschii, parole femine (Manly deeds, womanly words)
Maryland State Seal

Bird: Baltimore Oriole
Boat: Skipjack
Cat: Calico cat
Crustacean: Maryland Blue Crab
Dinosaur: Astrodon johnstoni
Dog: Chesapeake Bay Retriever
Drink: Milk
Fish: Rockfish
Flower: Black-eyed Susan
Folk Dance: Square Dance
Fossil Shell: Ecphora
Gem: Patuxent River Stone
Horse: Thoroughbred
Insect: Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly
Reptile: Diamondback Terrapin
Song: Maryland! My Maryland!
Sport: Jousting
Theater: Center Stage
Tree: White Oak

Maryland State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)



Things to Know

Exploring Maryland's Roots
Explore colonial Maryland history through 12 interactive activities filled with text, narration, video, and sound effects.

Major Rivers: Potomac River , Patapsco River, Patuxent River, Susquehanna River

Famous Marylanders

Benjamin Banneker mathematician, astronomer
Eubie Blake musician
John Wilkes Booth actor, Lincoln assassin

Samuel Chase jurist
Frederick Douglass abolitionist
Harriet Tubman
Philip Glass composer
Matthew Henson explorer

Johns Hopkins financier
Francis Scott Key lawyer, author
Wrote the Star-Spangled Banner

Thurgood Marshall jurist
Charles Willson Peale painter, naturalist
Babe Ruth baseball player

Things to Do

Maryland State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Sites to See

National Register-Lighthouses in Maryland
Tour online a sample of Maryland lighthouses.

Maryland's Wildlife
Learn about the animals of Maryland.

Fish Facts
Welcome to fish facts, a collection of information about the
wide variety of fish you can find in the state of Maryland.

Horseshoe Crab
Information on their biology, history and their role in the Chesapeake Bay.

Fort McHenry
Learn all about this historic site in Baltimore, Maryland

Color Pages

Maryland History Coloring Book

Maryland State Flag

Smokey's Fire Prevention Orioles Coloring Book .
Color pages, word search, games to print and more.

Things To Do-Other Sites

Maryland State Quarter
Read about the
Maryland State
Quarter and print
out the color page.

Bay Game
Online interactive game about the
Chesapeake Bay.

Bay Word Search

Chessie : The Sea Serpent of the Chesapeake Bay
Fact or Fiction.


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