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.

Great Service ProjectPhoto of Storm Drain Stenciling Project

Combines Technology with Community Education!

Storm drain stenciling is an ideal service learning activity that can be organized and led by students. Maryland DNR provides stencils, a how-to video, and a free smart phone app to ‘map’ stenciled storm drains in Maryland. Participants provide paint and manpower. Beat the spring rush and get your project on the fall calendar!

For more information, visit http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/are/stormdrain.asp

Upcoming Events

Date

Project & Location

Details

October 12th
(Sun)
1:00-4:30 pm

Growing Up WILD

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044

Growing Up WILD is an interdisciplinary early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, inviting them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Growing Up WILD has been aligned with Common Core (K-2), Head Start domains, and Maryland Environmental Literacy standards.

Throughout the workshop, participants will go through various activities in the Growing Up WILD guide and will learn about ways to connect young children to nature. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Growing Up WILD curriculum book.

Fee: $10

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with children aged 3-7

To register: Please call 410-313-0400. For more information, click here.

October 17th
(Fri)
9:00-12:30pm

Growing Up WILD

MD Dept. of Natural Resources, C-1 Conference Room, 580 Taylor Ave; Annapolis, MD 21401

Growing Up WILD is an interdisciplinary early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, inviting them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Growing Up WILD has been aligned with Common Core (K-2), Head Start domains, and Maryland Environmental Literacy standards.

Throughout the workshop, participants will go through various activities in the Growing Up WILD guide and will learn about ways to connect young children to nature. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Growing Up WILD curriculum book.

Fee: FREE!

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with children aged 3-7

The workshop is now full. Please contact Kerry Wixted (Kerry.wixted@maryland.gov, 410-260-8566) to be placed on the wait list.

October 17th
(Fri)
1:30-5:00pm

Flying WILD

MD Dept. of Natural Resources, C-1 Conference Room
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Through activities involving language arts, social science and math experiences, coupled with community outreach and service learning applications, Flying WILD offers a whole-school approach to environmental education using birds as the focus.

Targeted for upper elementary and middle-school audiences, though widely adaptable, Flying WILD offers practical hands-on classroom and outdoor field investigation experiences connecting real-world experiences in bird biology, conservation and natural history. Project-based classroom applications, service learning and community involvement are encouraged through sections of the guide dedicated to the planning and implementation of birding festivals. More info here: http://www.flyingwild.org/

Fee: FREE!

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with upper elementary and middle school aged children

The workshop is now full. Please contact Kerry Wixted (Kerry.wixted@maryland.gov, 410-260-8566) to be placed on the wait list.

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.

 

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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