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Maryland Master Naturalist Program


Adkins Arboretum is honored to be the first host site for the Maryland Master Naturalist Coastal Plains Program. The Maryland Master Naturalist Program strives to:

  • Promote awareness and appreciation of ecological resources 
  • Develop a network of trained volunteers to serve as catalysts for local environmental conservation through education, research and stewardship
  • Provide a structured, science-based program to educate and certify citizens 
  • Engage citizens in environmentally-focused volunteer service within their communities

Applications are currently being accepted for the Arboretum’s 2025 cohort, which will be offered in partnership with Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center, and ShoreRivers. Classes will meet on the third Thursday of each month from 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. beginning in March and ending in December. Participation in at least one additional field trip will also be required.

Individuals accepted into the Master Naturalist of the Coastal Plains program will receive a total of 48 hours of instruction, including hands-on experience outdoors. All classes are taught by experts. The curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Ornithology
  • Botany
  • Microbes and Fungi
  • Taxonomy
  • Mammals
  • Fish
  • Water Quality
  • Land Use
  • Ecology
  • Interpretation
  • The Science of Science
  • Climate Change
  • Herpetology
  • Geology

After their training, participants will serve as volunteers for their host sites and the larger environmental community. At least 40 hours of approved service must be documented each year to maintain certification. A wide variety of volunteer work is possible, including environmental restoration projects, education and public awareness campaigns, and research in the field.

To begin the application process to join the 2025 cohort, click here and select “MdMN Volunteer Application REV.” Completed applications should be emailed to Jenny Houghton at jhoughton@adkinsarboretum.org or mailed to:

Adkins Arboretum
Attn: Jenny Houghton
12610 Eveland Rd
Ridgely, MD 21660

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