Education

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is committed to enhancing the natural resources stewardship ethic of all Maryland citizens. That is why we offer a variety of services for K-12 students, teachers, and other Maryland residents:

  • Our professional development opportunities for teachers provide them with cutting-edge scientific information and teacher-tested lesson plans.
  • Many of the educator materials and services are free or low-cost.
  • Educational literature and workshops for adults help all Maryland citizens improve the environment in which they live.
  • Our summer camps and special events teach youth about the environment and what they can do to protect it.

Volunteers Sought to Educate Maryland Students
on the Chesapeake Bay and Natural Resources


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking adults 18 or older to become TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) volunteers. Our volunteer mission is to educate students about the Chesapeake Bay, coastal and Bay marine creatures, and Maryland streams. To read more about the TEAM program, go to www.dnr.maryland.gov/education/teamdnr/.

Volunteers should have an out-going personality and a strong desire to help students understand and care for their natural environment. Teaching experience is helpful, but not necessary. Volunteers must have their own transportation as they will be traveling to schools.

Volunteer Trainings

  1. Look at the volunteer description that details the duties of TEAM volunteers.
  2. Click here to fill out a TEAM volunteer application form and submit it electronically.
  3. Attend a 3-day Training Course given twice a year in February/March and in August.
    Dates for these are posted in late December and late June.

The first 2015 three-day training will be held on the following dates:

Friday, February 20th - (9:30-3:00)

Friday, February 27th - (9:30-3:00)

Thursday, March 5th - (10:00-3:00)

On February 20th and 27th the training will be held a the DNR Tawes Building at 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21401.

On Thursday, March 5th the training will be held at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, MD 20711(about 1/2 hour from the Tawes Building).

Volunteers are expected to attend all three trainings, as they each cover different modules or TEAM programs. Volunteers are expected to then observe in-school programs until they feel comfortable to team with another TEAM volunteer. Then, volunters are asked to do at least 4 separate program dates a year to remain active.


Upcoming Events

ProjectWild Workshop Schedule

Date

Project & Location

Details

January 17th
(Sat)
9:00-4:30pm

Project WILD, Project WET, and Project Learning Tree Facilitator Workshop

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

Are you interested in leading your own Project WILD, Project WET and/or Project Learning Tree workshops to train other educators? To become a volunteer Maryland facilitator, you must have participated in the 6 hour educator workshop for each of the projects in which you want to become a facilitator. Verification will be required, and a pre-workshop "homework" assignment will be given. You may be certified in one, two or three of the available workshops.

Please be sure to bring your books to the training and bring your own lunch. Snacks and materials will be provided. For more information on roles of a facilitator, click here.

Fee: FREE!

Audience: Anyone who has taken the educator training workshop and would like to learn how to facilitate their own educator workshops. Please note this is a volunteer position.

To register: Click here to fill out the registration form.
Please note, registration will be closed on January 10th.

Feb 21st
(Sat)
9:30-4:00pm

Project WILD

National Aquarium
501 East Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Learn how to teach K-12 students about wildlife and conservation using engaging and fun lessons! Throughout the day, educators will participate in hands-on Project WILD activities and learn about local resources. The Project WILD program has over 100 lessons in two curriculum guides.

The all new Aquatic WILD guide contains STEM connections, field investigations, and career connections. All participants who complete the workshop will receive the two guides upon workshop completion. Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit when combined with other workshops.

Cost: $10 per person (includes Aquarium admission), please bring a bagged lunch

To register: Please call the National Aquarium at 410-576-3833

March 7th
(Sat) 10:00-4:00pm

Project WILD

National Wildlife Visitor Center
10901 Scarlett Tanager Loop
Laurel, MD 20708

Learn how to teach K-12 students about wildlife and conservation using engaging and fun lessons! Throughout the day, educators will participate in hands-on Project WILD activities and learn about local resources. The Project WILD program has over 100 lessons in two curriculum guides.

The all new Aquatic WILD guide contains STEM connections, field investigations, and career connections. All participants who complete the workshop will receive the two guides upon workshop completion. Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit when combined with other workshops.

Cost: $15 per person, please bring a bagged lunch

To Register: Please contact Dennis Hartnett at 301-497-5898 or dennis_hartnett@fws.gov

One Species:
Two Exciting Programs

Environmental Literacy

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  • Indicates that the program is now aligned with Marylandís new Environmental Literacy Standards!

Contact

  • Cindy Etgen
    Aquatic Resources Education Section Chief - Chesapeake and Coastal Service
    MD Department of Natural Resources
    580 Taylor Ave., E-2
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    410-260-8716
    cindy.etgen@maryland.gov