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.

Explore and Restore Your Schoolshed New Teacher Workshops!

Registration is now open!

Do you want to get your students outside to a local stream for some challenging and relevant science and action projects? Grab your boots and join us for a free one-day professional development that emphasizes outdoor learning to help meet new Environmental Literacy, STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards.

Elementary version offered August 6 (Full), and October 1; Secondary version offered August 20, and October 10. Click here to read more and sign up.

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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!

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Upcoming Events

ProjectWild & Growing Up Wild


Project & Location


September 13th

Project WILD

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

Project WILD is an engaging and interdisciplinary program that emphasizes awareness, appreciation and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. The program is designed for educators of all types who work with children from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Project WILD activities can be used to teach basic skills in science, social studies, language arts, math, art, music and physical education. The activities are designed to be hands-on and are focused on teaching students how to think and not what to think. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the two Project WILD curriculum books including the recently updated Aquatic WILD guide that contains field investigations and STEM.

Educators who attend this workshop along with two of the following workshops may be eligible for 1 MSDE credit. Additional workshops include: Project WET, Project Learning Tree, Healthy Water Healthy People and/or Wonders of Wetlands.

Fee: $15. Please bring a bagged lunch.

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with K-12 students

To register: Please call 301-497-5898 or 301-497-5763.

October 17th

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

To register: Please fill out registration form here:
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October 17th

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:

Fee: FREE!

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

To register: Please fill out registration form here:


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Two Exciting Programs

Environmental Literacy

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


  • Cindy Etgen
    Aquatic Resources Education Section Chief - Chesapeake and Coastal Service
    MD Department of Natural Resources
    580 Taylor Ave., E-2
    Annapolis, MD 21401