Maryland Master Naturalist Program

The Arboretum is honored to be the first host site for the Maryland Master Naturalist Program for the Coastal Plain. This program serves as the Arboretum's docent training.

Individuals accepted into the Master Naturalist training course receive 48 hours of instruction, including hands-on experience outdoors. All classes are taught by experts in the subject. The curriculum includes Maryland Natural History, Flora & Fauna, Ecologic Principles, How Humans Affect the Landscape, The Science of Science, and Teaching & Interpretation.

After training, participants serve as University of Maryland Extension volunteers in their communities. At least 40 hours of approved service must be documented each year. A wide variety of volunteer work is possible, including environmental restoration projects, education and public awareness campaigns, and research in the field.

The Coastal Plain program will begin in October 2020, in partnership with Pickering Creek Audubon CenterPhillips Wharf Environmental Center, and ShoreRivers. The group meets the third Wednesday of the month, 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m., plus occasional Saturday trips.

Contact Jenny Houghton, Assistant Director, at for information.