“Are we there yet?” This year’s edition of Maryland’s popular Bay Game will help to answer that question both in terms of one’s destination and Bay recovery efforts.

The Maryland Bay Game, which is distributed free upon request at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2001, is designed to be played from the back seat of a car while riding to Maryland’s beaches along MD Routes 50 and 404 on the Eastern Shore.

Designed for ages 3 and up, the Bay Game increases players’ awareness of how things around them relate to the Chesapeake Bay while giving them something fun to do on the long car ride.

This year, the game booklet contains 24 pages of fun featuring, bingo, a “Walk Smart” detachable bookmark, word search, crossword puzzle, math quiz, secret code message, “Stump the Grownups,” and a full page of color stickers.

Players will also be challenged to find the 14 new sites along the way that have been marked with “Bay Game” site signs.

Maryland’s Bay Game — the first of its type in the country — was originally put out in 1997 by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which releases a new version each year.

More than 300,000 families requested the free game at the Bay Bridge last year.

In addition, the DNR receives requests for thousands of Bay Games from Maryland teachers using the booklet to educate their class about environmental issues and the Chesapeake Bay.

For information about the 2001 Maryland Bay Game and other distribution locations, call the DNR toll-free at 1-877-620-8367 ext. 8016 during regular business hours or visit the Bay Game on-line at www.dnr.state.md.us/baygame.

The web site also offers additional activities for those interested in learning more about the Chesapeake Bay.

To obtain copies of the Bay Game, send a written request with your organization’s name, mailing address and the number of games desired t A.V. Grant, Bay Game Manager, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, 580 Taylor Ave. D-4, Annapolis, MD 21401, or e-mail: agrant@dnr.state.md.us