Maryland Master Naturalist

Maryland Master Naturalist

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Welcome to the Maryland Master Naturalist Program!

The Maryland Master Naturalist Program is a state-wide program sponsored by University of Maryland Extension. The program educates residents about the natural history of the state and provides structured training on a diverse assortment of natural history topics.  Additionally, the program empowers residents to share and care for natural places in their communities. 

Program Specifics

The program held at the Anacostia Watershed Society focuses specifically on the plants and animals of the Anacostia River Watershed and how human activity has impacted the Anacostia River over time.  Session topics include an introduction to Maryland's natural history, an exploration of how humans have impacted the local environment, the "science of science", teaching and interpretation basics, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and botany. Participants will be taking part in field trips to local areas throughout the watershed and will engage in hands-on work that supports the restoration of the Anacostia River.

The program consists of 60 hours of training in the summer of 2018, followed by 40 hours of volunteer service (August 2018 - August 2019) and 8 hours of advanced training annually to remain certified.

The program cost is $250, due upon acceptance to the program.

The summer 2018 program will be held Saturdays from 9am - 4pm, May 26th - August 11th (no sessions on June 9th or July 7th).  

Applications for the summer 2018 program can be submitted February 1st - March 31st. Applications can be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to download the application.

Do you have questions before you apply?  Would you like more information on becoming a Master Naturalist?  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Stay in the know about when the next session starts!  Click here to sign up for the Anacostia Watershed Society's weekly email newsletter.

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