Maryland Master Naturalist Certification Program offered at CBEC

Engaging the Community Outdoors

Picture 021Become a Maryland Master Naturalist at CBEC!

The Maryland Master Naturalist Program is a structured, science-based certificate program that supports Maryland citizens desire to  learn more about the natural history of Maryland and who are willing to share the knowledge gained with others.  The Program is designed and offered by the University of Maryland Extension through a host site and facilitator.  The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center is excited to announce that it will be a host site for the Coastal Plain region with Courtney Leigh, Volunteer/Stewardship Coordinator acting as the Facilitator.  The Maryland Master Naturalist Program develops a network of trained volunteers to serve their communities as catalysts for local environmental conservation through education,research and stewardship.

Maryland is a state of “wonders” with lots to see, do, learn and enjoy! Certified Maryland Master Naturalists help preserve and share the state’s environmental wealth. By taking the training program you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn more about Maryland natural history and the environment
  • Meet others who share your enjoyment of the outdoors
  • Learn and share your knowledge through volunteer service
  • Become a better steward of Maryland’s resources
  • Conduct field research
  • Build and maintain natural areas
  • Lead nature walks and programs

Program curriculum topics include:

  • Introduction to Maryland Natural History
  • Flora and Fauna: Identification, Behavior and Taxonomy
  • Fundamental Ecological Principles
  • How Humans Affect the Landscape
  • The Science of Science
  • Teaching and Interpretation

To become a Certified Maryland Master Naturalist, your commitment includes:

  • Completing 60 hours of classroom and field training
  • Passing a final exam and lab practical
  • Participate in a project that satisfies at least 1 of these 3 criteria
    • improves your skills as a naturalist
    • improves the environment in your community
    • improves the capacity of CBEC
  • Giving back by volunteering 40 hours of your time to CBEC

Certified Maryland Master Naturalist Program Details 2019

Dates: Wednesdays in the Fall of 2019,  Stay tuned for more details!

Participants must be 18 years or older.

Course fee: $250/person

Host site: Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center (CBEC) offers opportunities to explore and learn about the natural world. Utilizing CBEC’s beautiful 510-acre waterfront site, staff and volunteers provide exceptional environmental education programs, special events and recreational experiences for students, families, outdoor enthusiasts and organized groups.

600 Discovery Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638  |  410.827.6694  |

University of Maryland Extension Programs are open to all citizens without regard to race, color, gender, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, or national origin.

Check out these pictures from the 2016 session!

Jr. Naturalist Camp at CBEC for 7th-12th Graders-SUMMER 2018 DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON