New Faces, Extra Hands at PVSP!

New Faces, Extra Hands at PVSP!

The Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park is an all-volunteer organization with one paid employee. All funds raised go directly to Patapsco Valley State Park (our staff position is funded through a separate grant that does not impact our operating funds).

FPVSP was founded in 1997 and is the official non profit of the park:

The Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park Ltd. (FPVSP), a 501c3 organization, supports the park by promoting stewardship through programming, sustainable recreation, and the preservation and restoration of its natural resources.


FPVSP Adds Two New Board Members!


Helen Yuen

Running a small non profit takes a lot of hard of work, and contributions from folks who have professional expertise are key in raising awareness, resources and stewardship for the park.

Helen’s day job is at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore as their Director of Marketing and Communications. She’ll help us highlight all that the park has to offer, including the various fun events within it, as well as ways outside of the park to support it. Welcome Helen!

New Board Member Helen Yuen is a cyclist, equestrian and non profit professional.

“This backyard playground for Baltimore is such a gem and gift to all. You’ll have amazing walks where the forest floor is an entire stunning carpet of soft, bright green over gentle hills. The swimming hole you’ll have to yourself. This is all just 30 minutes from Baltimore. I look forward to helping make this a continued, treasured recreational spot for visitors present, potential, and future.”


Ian Schwing

PVSP’s users are diverse and a large percentage our visitors are young people. We knew we needed a board member that could speak to the interests of our younger constituents who volunteer at our events and use the park in huge numbers.

Ian lives with his family in Catonsville and attends Mount St. Joseph. Ian is a noted cyclist who competes at a high level and is consistently on the top step of the podium at mountain bike races throughout the region. Glad to have you aboard Ian!

New Board Member Ian Schwing is a high school student and an avid park user.

“Ever since I was a young boy I’ve always found myself spending my time and doing things outdoors. As a rising senior at Mount Saint Joseph, I have been blessed to grow up in Catonsville Maryland, and have access to thousands of acres of Patapsco Valley State Park right out my door. I’m able to do things like hiking, mountain biking, fishing, climbing and so much more on an almost daily basis. It is incredible how much of my life branches back to the park and how important it is to me. I know this next step of becoming a part of the board of Friends of Patapsco Valley State Park is just another way for me to give back to our incredible community. “


PVSP is your park, get involved!