Left to right: Brandon Stafford, Shelley Miller, Jeff Mace, Tom Acton, and Tristen Miller

Our Purpose

Get Out & Play Outfitters is dedicated to providing quality customer service for each of our guests. By providing well-trained, knowledgeable, service-minded staff, Get Out & Play Outfitters is recognized as the premier provider of recreation in the region. It is our sincere hope that through these personal experiences in the natural resource a spark of stewardship will be ignited in our guests that will continue to burn passionately for a lifetime.

Meet The Owners

Partners Tom Acton and Shelley Miller own Get Out & Play Outfitters. Collectively their experience includes nearly 30 years service with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The last four years of their service with DNR were completely dedicated to the creation and implementation of the Nature Tourism program. They have been instrumental in designing the structure of the program, working with private guides and outfitters in developing cooperative partnerships and working with the public in creating packages for adventure vacations. We opened as Western Maryland Adventures in May 2003 as a one-stop shop for guests looking to “Get Outside & Play!”

Tom Acton

Tom was a Ranger with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for 13 years. In addition to his law enforcement duties he was also a Canoe Guide for state operated trips on the Potomac River offered through Green Ridge State Forest. Tom has led guided hikes and provided interpretive programs for the State Forest and Park Service. He also designed and constructed the 12-mile mountain bike trail in Green Ridge State Forest. He has training in Ice Rescue, First Responder, Leave No Trace, American Canoe Association and Inner Quest Team Building and Challenge. He has served as a coach for Special Olympics Maryland Downhill Ski Team. Tom is an avid kayaker, skier and enjoys biking.

Shelley Miller

Shelley has worked in the recreation field for over 24 years. She worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for 14 years. During this time she held several positions including Park Naturalist, Park Program Manager, Park Service Associate – Lead and Western Region Nature Tourism Coordinator. Her duties included environmental education programs, guided hikes and canoe trips, Junior Ranger programs, school programs, Scales and Tales Raptor Program, teambuilding, and functioning as liaison between guides, outfitters, guests and hospitality businesses. She was awarded a Governor’s Citation for the creation of the Nature Tourism program at Rocky Gap State Park in 1999 and was recognized by the National Association of Interpretation – Beltway Region with the award for Outstanding Outreach Programming in 2000. She has training in Leave No Trace, Inner Quest safe challenging adventures, Swift water rescue, Nature Quest, American Canoe Association, and Red Cross – Canoe. Shelley has a deep love, appreciation and passion for the natural resource and natural resource based recreation.

Meet the Staff

Management Team

Brandon Stafford GOPO
Brandon Stafford – Recreation Manager
Jeff Mace Fly Fishing
Jeff Mace – Recreation Manager

Cancellation Policies

Policies vary depending on the activity. We require at least 48 hours notification for cancellation of all activities. We may require more than 48 hours notice for the following activities:
*Cancellation Policy for shuttles is 7 days.
**Cancellation Policy for Team Building events & Themed Nights is 7 days.
***Cancellation Policy for Whitewater Rafting is 21 days.
No refunds available inside of the cancellation policies.

As with all outdoor activities they are weather dependent. Guided activities will be cancelled due to weather at the guide’s discretion.