Become a member of the Catoctin Forest Alliance and you join other members across the state who are passionate about the Catoctin Mountains! Members are committed to ensuring that the alliance can continue to provide opportunities for the community to be involved in programs and activities that enhance their park experience at Catoctin National Forest and Cunningham Falls State Park.

Your membership in the CFA helps to support education, arts & culture, advocacy, volunteerism and recreational programs in the Catoctin Mountain parks, and provide for special park projects needs, as well as need-based scholarships for children.


Donations to CFA are deductable on your taxes and a great way to support the Catoctin Mountain parks & recreation areas! Donations can be made via PayPal using the 'DONATE' button. Please make checks payable to Catoctin Forest Alliance and mail to: CFA PO Box 411 Thurmont, MD 21788

Annual Giving Fund

The Annual Giving Fund is a yearly outreach to help support the programs of CFA. If maintaining the forest is a cause that is close to your heart and you would like to support CFA in this effort, we encourage you to give at the level that is comfortable for you. A donation of $20 or more will include a membership for the current year. Gifts of $40 or more will receive increased levels of recognition. Giving Levels:

Get to know the Catoctin Forest

Home to not one, but two incredible parks: Catoctin Mountain Park (NPS) and Cunningham Falls State Park, Catoctin Mountain Forest is a vast landscape comprised of more than 5,810 acres of winding trails, hardwood trees, and a diverse array of historic structures and resources that reflect the early fabric of our country. In 2009, a dedicated group of volunteers came together in hopes of protecting this important cultural and recreational landmark. Now known as the Catoctin Forest Alliance (CFA), these volunteers have worked hard to achieve their mission of "preserving and promoting the health of the Catoctin Mountain forest for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations." As the primary friends group providing support to Catoctin Mountain Park, CFA focuses on educating both children and adults to be powerful stewards and champions of the environment and this special place. From annual cash scholarships to exemplary environmental science students, to SUCCESS...a program that brings at-risk students to the park each week to learn about trail maintenance, use of tools, and team work. CFA is truly making a difference in their community. If you want to learn more about the Catoctin Forest Alliance and their many in-park programs, visit their website or follow them on Facebook. You can also join other CFA members and supporters this spring for their Annual Day of Service. On May 9th, volunteers will spend the day staining the historic cabins, removing barberry or doing trail work. If you would like to help and lend a hand, contact jimsundergill at


The SUCCESS program brings at risk youth from the Frederick County School system to CMP and CFSP each week during the school year to learn how to use woods tools, perform trail maintenance, learn teamwork and leadership skills.

Seasons 101

Seasons 101 brings students to the parks four times a year where they adopt a tree and measure and observe the tree during the whole year, comparing it to their own growth and noting the changes with the seasons. They also learn outdoor skills such and hiking, trail work and camp cooking.

First Bloom

The First Bloom program brought students from the inner city to CMP to plan, plant and document a wild flower garden in front of the Visitor's Center (see photo on front cover). The students were part of a nationwide program that included a contest for the best documentation of the experience. The group that came to CMP won first prize. CFA also works with adults to benefit the forest

Day of Service

Day of Service is a yearly event to maintain and restore areas at Camp Greentop in CMP.

A.I.R Program

Artist in Residence Program: Artists from all over the US come to either CMP or CFSP for 1-2 week residencies. During their time in the parks, the artists create art inspired by the forest and donate one piece of art to CFA. A large part of the collection is on display at the CFSP Visitor's Center


A Scholarship is given each year for an Environmental Studies student in Frederick County.

CATOCTIN FOREST ALLIANCE P.O. Box 411 Thurmont, MD 21788