Master Naturalist

The Winter/Spring 2023 

Master Naturalist Class MN04 

is Meeting Now!

The mission of the Maryland Master Naturalist Program is to engage citizens as stewards of Maryland’s natural resources and ecosystems through science-based education and volunteer service in their communities. 

Our 4th Cohort of

 Maryland Master Naturalists 

will begin their training on 


5:00 - 8:00 

February 28, 2023.

Here's the hardy crew of MN03 on the shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay on Day 1.

So many great experiences, backgrounds, and interests represented in this group.

Interested in becoming a Master Naturalist?

Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

The Elms is a Host Site for the Maryland Master Naturalist volunteer training program. We partner with University of Maryland to facilitate a 60 hour hands-on field and classroom-based program that brings experts in multiple Natural Resource fields to the Elms. The program costs $250. To become certified as a Maryland Master Naturalist, you complete 40 volunteer hours at or for the benefit of The Elms within one year of completing the training. To maintain certification, every year you complete 40 volunteer hours and 8 advanced training hours.  Advanced training is offered at The Elms, but can also be taken anywhere with approval.

Applications are currently being accepted for the Winter/Spring 2023 MN04 training. 

Training dates: Tuesdays, February 28 through June 27, 2023.

Training times: 5 - 8 pm, plus three local Saturday morning field trips.

More information on the MN Program can be found at

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Submit your application at this link.

2023 <tentative> Schedule of Classes

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MN04 Schedule 2023 (5-8pm)

Possible Make-Up Classes at ACLT - Mondays:

Possible Recorded Make-Up Classes (Recorded by DNR in 2022):

2022 DNR Master Naturalist Schedule (Virtual).xlsx
Master Naturalists in training next to marsh

Master Naturalist Training class at Elms Environmental Education Center, 2017.