Resources for Educators
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.
Partners for Future Environmental Professionals
In 2010, the Maryland Legislature established a program that “provides career and leadership training for young people interested in environmental careers and Chesapeake Bay Protection.” The program, called the Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC), matches young people, ages 18-25, with organizations throughout the state for a paid, one-year term of service. It is a program that is administered by the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT). For three years in a row the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (CBNERR-MD/MD DNR) has been host to a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer. The partnership has provided opportunities for CBNERR-MD to mentor young environmental professionals through direct staff experience in environmental education and Bay restoration and stewardship activities. The CCC volunteers build robust resumes through these experiences, and use the partnership to advance their professional goals.
Please meet Marion Clement, the 2014 CCC volunteer currently working at DNR in the CBNERR-MD.
"As a recent graduate with a Geography bachelor, I am very interested in environmental efforts and community-based activities. I chose geography as my academic discipline for its broad spectrum. It offers students the opportunity to learn how the environmental sphere and societal sphere work together: how they overlap, intertwine, and even conflict. Geography also trains us to view the systems around us on both a global and local scale, so we can better comprehend the inner-workings of our globalized world.
After graduation, I worked first as a cartographer at National Geographic, then as a GIS technician for a GPS company. But my instincts as a geographer drove me to look for something more gratifying: I wanted to partake in local efforts, to be active in restoration and behavioral change driven by environmental education. I wanted to be at the forefront of progress: by working with community members and children to improve our success in the sustainability movement. The Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Chesapeake Conservation Corps seemed the perfect entry into this field. By matching young professionals with organizations and mentors that work in the restoration of the Bay, this CBT program gives its participants the assets needed to turn them into professional conservationists.
Working with CBNERR/MD at Maryland’s DNR with its close-knit team of passionate people and volunteers has been very gratifying. I have learned much already, and I strongly feel part of the Chesapeake Bay’s restoration movement. Being exposed to a variety of conservation activities within our three reserve sites has given me a broad insight into the on-the-ground restoration of estuarine ecosystems. I am also thrilled to join the coastal restoration efforts led by DNR’s Chesapeake and Coastal Services Unit and to learn about best management practices within our watershed. Finally, I love being an environmental educator; the children are so enthusiastic about our programs and it is wonderful to be able to share these experiences with them. It has been rewarding to be able to give back to a community I have just become a part of, as a new resident and admirer of the state of Maryland."
- Growing Up WILD Workshop
Saturday, January 11, 2014 from 9-12:30pm
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: $8 Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with children aged 3-7. To register, please call 410-313-0400.
Growing Up WILD
Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044
- Project WILD Workshop
Saturday, Feb 1, 2014 from 9:00am-3:30pm
Throughout the workshop, participants will go through various activities interdisciplinary activities in the Project WILD guide and will learn about ways to connect K-12 students to nature. The guides contain over 100 activities designed to teach about wildlife while learning basic skills in science, social students, language arts, math, art, music and physical education. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Project WILD curriculum guides. Project WILD has been aligned with Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards. Educators who attend this workshop may be eligible to receive partial MSDE credit. For more info, please call the registration number below. Fee: $15, Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with K-12 students. To register, please call 410-313-0400. Space is limited so early registration is recommended. Please dress to go outdoors and bring a bagged lunch. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/ProjectWild/WorkshopSchedule.asp
Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane
Columbia, MD 21044
- TEAM Volunteer Workshops
The first two sessions will be held at the DNR (Tawes) Building, 580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401. The last session will be held at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Rd., Lothian, MD 20711. Volunteers are expected to attend all three workshops, as they each cover different modules or TEAM programs.
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 10 am -3 pm
- Aquatic Resource Education
- ARE Grants
- Project Wet
- TEAM DNR
- Raising Horseshoe Crabs
in the Classroom
- Sunfish and Students
Raising Bluegills in the Classroom
- Trout in the Classroom
- Green Eggs & Sand
- Healthy Water,
- Hooked on Fishing
- Storm Drain Stenciling
- "Be a Part of Something BIG!"
- Full List of Programs
- Upcoming Events & Workshops
- Education Homepage
- Indicates that the program is now aligned with Marylandís new Environmental Literacy Standards!
- Cindy Etgen
Aquatic Resources Education Section Chief - Chesapeake and Coastal Services
MD Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave., E-2
Annapolis, MD 21401