Bring the outside into your classroom with these unique hands-on, interdisciplinary teaching tools. These education trunks are designed to educate students while building on fundamental disciplines like math, art, social studies, science, language arts and physical education.
Education Trunks are available free to educators in Maryland for
a one to two week period, depending on availability. Please call the
location nearest you to reserve an education trunk. You will be
responsible for picking up and dropping off the education trunk(s)
at their appropriate location (see Locations and Contact Information below).
Types of Education Trunks Available:
White-tailed Deer Education Trunk
This education trunk provides educational information and materials pertaining to white-tailed deer biology, history, management, recreational opportunities and impacts that deer have on landscapes and people in Maryland. The trunk provides teachers with ready-made lesson plans including activities for students in grade levels K – 12 that are engaging and informative.
The contents include: a teacher’s curriculum guide, two
beautifully illustrated books, a “deer sounds” CD, deer hide,
antler, buckskin, antler buttons and film. It contains a track
mold, track replica, scat replica and skull with jawbone. Also
included are many deer activity pages and activities from the
Project Wild curriculum.
Black Bear Education Trunk
This education trunk provides educational information and materials pertaining to Black Bear biology, history, habitat, management, and impacts that bear have on landscapes and people in Maryland. The trunk provides teachers with ready-made lesson plans including activities for students in grade levels K – 12 that are engaging and informative.
Each teacher trunk contains a black bear hide, track, black bear puppet, skull and
scat replica, along with a slide show, video, brochure and
curriculum guide. Also included are many bear activity pages and
activities from the Project Wild curriculum.
Furbearer Education Trunk
This education trunk is designed to provide hands-on material and activities to teach about the 14 species of furbearers found in Maryland. Furbearers in Maryland include the beaver, bobcat, coyote, fisher, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, red fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, river otter, and striped skunk. The curriculum guide focuses on the history of the fur trade, biology and ecology of Maryland’s furbearers and management of furbearers. The trunk provides ready-made lessons for educating students in grades K-12. The contents of the trunk includes: curriculum guide, 10 furs, replica skulls, tracks, scats, books, a raccoon hand puppet, Outdoors Maryland DVDs, supplies to run activities and a PowerPoint related to Maryland’s furbearers.
Turkey Education Trunk
NEW!! This K-12 education trunks contains a variety of hands-on materials to teach about wild turkeys. The curriculum guide focuses on wild turkey biology and management of this amazing game bird. The trunk contains decoys of a hen and jake (juvenile) wild turkey, gobbler call, replica skull, replica egg, replica scat, a turkey sound CD, supplies to teach about turkeys, a wild turkey puppet, a wild turkey PowerPoint, and books about wild turkeys.
NEW!! Growing Up WILD Education Kits
These hands-on kits are designed to complement Growing Up WILD activities. The kits contain a variety of early childhood education tools that align with the following Growing Up WILD activities: Deep Blue Sea, Fishing Fun, Looking at Leaves, Less is More and Who Lives in a Tree. To learn more about these kits, please visit our Growing Up WILD Educator Kit page.
Click on Regions above for a Map of the Location Closest to You.
Locations and Contact Information:
To reserve a trunk or kit, please call the location closest to you to check on availability. Trunks can be loaned for up to 2 weeks at a time, pending availability. Persons reserving the trunk will be responsible for picking up and returning the trunk to the loan facility. Proof of ID is required upon picking up the trunk.
- A=Western Region 1 (MD DNR – Wildlife and Heritage Service, 3 Pershing St., Room 110, Cumberland MD 21502): 301-777-2136
- B= Western Region 2 (Indian Springs WMA, 14038 Blairs Valley Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722): 301-842-2702
- C=Central Region 1 (Maryland Geological Survey, 2300 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore City, MD 21218): 410-554-5522
- D= Southern Region (Tawes Office Building, 580 Taylor Ave, E-1, Annapolis, MD 21041): 410-260-8540
- E= Central Region 2 (Anita C. Leight Estuary Center - 700 Otter Point RD, Abingdon MD 21009): 410-612-1688, Baltimore Line 410-879-2000 x1688
- F= Eastern Region (DNR Eastern Service Center, 201 Baptist Street #22, Salisbury, Maryland 21801): 410-713-3851
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