Welcome to the Maryland Master Naturalist Program!

The Maryland Master Naturalist Program is a state-wide program sponsored by University of Maryland Extension and other agencies and organizations. The program educates residents of Maryland 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. The program provides resources, connections, and support to participants; resulting in a state-wide network of trained individuals who serve as catalysts for local environmental conservation.

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. Participants engage in hands-on work that supports the restoration of the Anacostia River.

The program consists of 60 hours of training, followed by 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training annually. The cost of the program is $250.

Stay Tuned! Applications will open in February 2018 for the Summer 2018 session.

Do you have some questions before you apply? Would you like more information on becoming a Master Naturalist? Please click here to fill out the Maryland Master Naturalist Interest Form, and we will contact you with more information.

Stay in the know about when the next session starts! Click here to signup for the Anacostia Watershed Society's weekly email newsletter.

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