Master Naturalist

Winter/Spring 2022 Master Naturalist Class

Welcome to MN03!

Our 3rd Cohort of Maryland Master Naturalists.

March 1, 2022

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

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

Instructor Evaluation Form: Link to Form

2022 Schedule of Classes

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  • Bolded dates are Saturday Field Trips

  • March 22 (Raptors/Citizen Science) begins at 6 PM

  • April 30 (Sustainable Living): Masks must be worn and social distancing practiced.

  • May 3 (Fungi) will be via Zoom.

  • May 7 (Star Party) will begin at 9 PM at Elms. Make-up date (if needed): June 4 at 9:30.

  • Field Trips <except April 30> are open to family members.

MN03 Schedule 2022 (5-8pm)

Possible make-up classes at ACLT - Mondays:

  • link to ACLT schedule coming soon

Possible make-up classes at DNR (Virtual/Synchronous/Live) - Wednesdays:

2022 DNR Master Naturalist Schedule (Virtual).xlsx

"Maryland is a state of “wonders” with lots to see, do, learn and enjoy! Becoming a Certified Maryland Master Naturalist is an exciting way to explore our beautiful state and to help preserve its environmental wealth." - Maryland Master Naturalist Program, UMD Extension

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.

To learn more about the Maryland Master Naturalist Program please visit the University of Maryland Extension:

Master Naturalists in training next to marsh

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

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.

The application period for the Winter/Spring 2022 training has closed.

Training dates: Tuesdays March 1 through June 14, 2022.

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

Please contact us at to be notified of when applications for a potential 2023 class are opened.