Education

Professional Development
Opportunities for Environmental Educators

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers a wide variety of accredited continuing education opportunities for teachers and other educators.

Upcoming Events & Workshops

DNR-Sponsored Workshops | Other Professional Development Resources

DNR Sponsored Workshops

Aquatic Resources Education

Contact: Cindy Etgen
Phone: 410-260-8716
Email: cindy.etgen@maryland.gov
Description: The goal of Maryland’s Aquatic Resource Education (ARE) Program is to instill a respect for Maryland's aquatic resources through professional development opportunities for educators, curriculum that meets state science, math, geography, and reading standards, hands-on aquatic experiences for students, and classroom funding opportunites.

Where Do We Grow From Here?

Contact: Sandra Olek
Phone: 410-260-8979
Email: sandra.olek@maryland.gov
Description: The Resource Guide includes 15 lesson plans that address environmental science, government, geography, writing, math and reading outcomes. The CD includes tools and information for students such as census data, land use/land cover maps, slide shows, and lots of great documents and web sites.

School Forests

Contact your local Forestry Board: http://www.marylandforestryboards.org
Description: In cooperation with the County and Baltimore City Forestry Boards. Aid schools in designing, planting and maintaining a non-landscaping forest on school property and encourages teachers to use that forest for study.

Project LEARNING TREE (PLT)

Contact: Dave Reinecke
Phone: 410-822-4903
Email: dreinecke@pickeringcreek.org
or
Dr. Sarah Haines, Maryland PLT Co-coordinator
Phone: 410-704-2926
Email: shaines@towson.edu
Description: Six hour training for K-12 educators. Adult leaders are trained to use an activity guide and learning materials which use trees to teach young people about diversity, interrelationships, system, structure and scale and patterns of change.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers)

Contact: Cindy Etgen
Phone: 410-260-8716
Email: cindy.etgen@maryland.gov
Description: Project WET is a collection of innovative, water related activities that are hands-on, easy to use and fun! Project WET activities incorporate a variety of formats, such as large and small group learning, whole body activities, discussion of local and global topics, and involvement in community service projects. Six hour workshops provide teachers with the activity guide, information on how to use the guide, and resources to assist teachers in incorporating Project WET into their curriculum.

ProjectWILD

Contact: Kerry Wixted
Phone: 410-260-8566
Email: kerry.wixted@maryland.gov
Description: Project WILD is an interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program emphasizing 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 both Project WILD guides filled with over 100 activities. Workshops are a minimum of 6 hours long and are suitable for any educator who works with K-12 students.

Growing Up WILD

Contact: Kerry Wixted
Phone: 410-260-8566
Email: kerry.wixted@maryland.gov
Description: Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Through a wide range of activities and experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world and lifelong social and academic skills. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Growing Up WILD curriculum book. Workshops are typically 3-4 hours long and are suited for any educator who works with students aged 3-7 (PreK-G2).

Other Professional Development Resources

The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

(MAEOE) is a nonprofit association that encourages, trains, and supports Maryland educators to build a citizenry that understands and is responsibly engaged in promoting sustainability, addressing human needs and conserving the Earth's natural resources.
www.maeoe.org

National Wildlife Federation Educator Workshops

National Wildlife Federation is a national nonprofit organization that educates the public about national environmental issues. The education department offers k-12 school programs, educator workshops and college programs.
http://www.nwf.org/education/

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

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