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Professional Development Workshops

​This page will be regularly updated with educator training opportunities and events throughout the state. A list of professional development opportunities and resources can be found on our educator resource page. Some workshops offer MSDE credit if combined with other workshops.

Interested in a WILD workshop, but can't find one to fit your needs? Please fill out our interest form, and we will send you notifications as workshops are scheduled: https://goo.gl/forms/Do1AxWXpwaGU7Nni2


April 25 (Thur.) 8:30-3:30 pm

Explore and Restore Maryland Streams
Patuxent River Park
6000 Croom Airport Rd
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Come learn about facilitating outdoor investigations with your students while exploring local stream ecology and water quality. Lessons and activities align with Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and are based on actual Maryland state protocols.

Fee: Free. Please bring a bagged lunch. Prepare to be outdoors for most of the day.

Audience: Prince Georges County and Anne Arundel County teachers but open to all Maryland educators (formal and non-formal).

To register, please fill out form here: tinyurl.com/DNR-PRP


May 18 (Sat) 9:00-4:00pm

Getting Little Feet Wet and Growing Up WILD
Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Join us for a fun-filled and hands-on professional development workshop focused on developmentally appropriate activities for young children. Through sensory learning, active simulations, and outdoor exploration, we will model interdisciplinary activities to teach children aged 3-7 about the natural world. Participants will have the option of staying for the whole session and receiving both the Growing Up WILD guide and the Getting Little Feet WET guide or staying the morning (9-12pm) for Growing Up WILD or the afternoon (1-4pm) for Getting Little Feet WET.

Fee: $10 for the whole day, or $5 for one session. Lunch will be provided to those that stay all day.

Credit: Childcare providers may receive up to 3 hours continuing education credit in elective curriculum from MSDE.

Audience: Educators, naturalists, community leaders, daycare providers, etc. who work preK-2nd Grade students.

To register: please call 301-218-6702.


Save the Date! June 7 (Fri) 9:30-2:30pm

Flying WILD
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Save the date for this upcoming WILD workshop! Flying WILD is an interdisciplinary and award-winning curriculum supplement focused on birds. Throughout the workshop, we will model activities that integrate art, science, outdoor learning, and more using birds as a model organism. The workshop will include both indoor and outdoor components. All participants who complete the course will receive a free Flying WILD guide.

Fee: Free! Workshop costs are subsidized by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. Please bring a bagged lunch.

Credit: No credit is provided for this workshop.

Audience: Educators, naturalists, community leaders, daycare providers, etc. who work upper elementary-middle school students (Grades 3-8).

To register: registration will become available in late April. To be notified when workshop registration becomes available, please fill out our interest form: https://goo.gl/forms/Do1AxWXpwaGU7Nni2


June 27 (Thur.) 9:00-3:30pm

Project WILD
Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, McCann Wetlands Center
1361 Wrighton Rd
Lothian, MD 20711

Join Jug Bay naturalists for a fun-filled professional development workshop centered on wildlife and conservation. Throughout the day, you will get a chance to participate in and model hands-on and interdisciplinary Project WILD activities. This workshop will include an inquiry-based field investigation and a hike along the wetlands boardwalk to discover local wildlife and plant communities. All educators who complete the training will receive the two award-winning Project WILD guides filled with over 100 lessons to teach students about wildlife.

Fee: $25. Cost includes all entrance fee, materials, lunch, and refreshments.

Credit: N/A

Audience: Educators, naturalists, community leaders, scout leaders, daycare providers, etc. who work K-12 students.

To register: Space is limited. Please register online here: http://tinyurl.com/y9n5395b