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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


August 16 (Fri) 9:00-3:30 pm

WILD about Insects - Project WILD
580 Taylor Ave, C-1
Annapolis, MD 21401

Did you know? Insects are important as pollinators, predators, prey, and more! Learn about local insects with an engaging and hands-on, inter-disciplinary Project WILD professional development workshop. Throughout the workshop, participants will model activities that include concepts such as adaptations, monarch migration, pollination, and more. Activities will focus on content that boosts science skills while enhancing participant’s knowledge about local insects and educational resources.

This professional development workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators. Participants who complete the workshop will receive copies of both the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD curriculum supplement guides. Note: this is a Project WILD workshop, but the focus will be on insects.

Fee: Free! Fees sponsored by the Wildlife and Heritage Service. Please bring a bagged lunch.

Credit: Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit if taken in conjunction with other courses.

Audience: Educators, naturalists, community leaders, scout leaders, daycare providers, etc. who work K-8 students. High school educators are welcome to attend, but please note that most activities will be suited for lower grade bands.

To register: Registration is now full. Please contact Kerry Wixted at kerry.wixted@maryland.gov to be placed on the waitlist.


Aug 20 (Tues) 9:30-4:00 pm

Project WILD
National Aquarium
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Engage in hands-on, inter-disciplinary activities focusing on wildlife, the environment, and conservation through our upcoming Project WILD professional development workshop. Throughout the workshop, participants will experience and model activities from the award-winning Project WILD guides. Activities will focus on content that boosts science skills while enhancing participant’s knowledge about local wildlife and educational resources.

This professional development workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators. Participants who complete the workshop will receive copies of both the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD curriculum supplement guides.

Fee: $15. (Includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Credit: Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit if taken in conjunction with other courses.

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

To register: Please call the Aquarium reservations line at: 410-576-3833. Registration will close on August 9.


Aug 21 (Wed) 9:30-4:00 pm

Project WET
National Aquarium
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Engage in multi-disciplinary activities that promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge and management of water resources. This workshop highlights the new Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0, which contains revised and updated activities from the original guide as well as many brand new activities. The workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K-12 students. Participants receive a copy of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0.

Fee: $15. (Includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Credit: Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit if taken in conjunction with other courses.

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

To register: Please call the Aquarium reservations line at: 410-576-3833. Registration will close on August 9.


Aug 22 (Thurs) 9:30-4:00 pm

Project Learning Tree
National Aquarium
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Investigate environmental education concepts through activities from the Project Learning Tree Activity Guide. Project Learning Tree is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary curriculum for educators of students in grades Pre-K through 8. Participants in this workshop receive a copy of the Project Learning Tree Environmental Education Activity Guide.

Fee: $20. (Includes Aquarium admission and refreshments. Lunch is not included.)

Credit: Participants may be eligible to receive 1 MSDE Professional Development Credit if taken in conjunction with other courses.

Audience: Educators, naturalists, community leaders, scout leaders, daycare providers, etc. who work with pre-K-8 students.

To register: Please call the Aquarium reservations line at: 410-576-3833. Registration will close on August 9.


Sept 26 (Thurs) 8:00-3:30 pm

Explore and Restore Maryland Streams
Rocky Gap State Park
12500 Pleasant Valley Road
Flintstone, MD 21530

It is said that every resident of Maryland lives within 15 minutes walking distance to a stream. This workshop combines real-world learning and a potential community science program opportunity for educators working with upper elementary through high school students. Learn about freshwater ecology and water quality through hands-on lessons and investigations that can be recreated with students at a stream near you! The lessons and activities that will be introduced in the workshop were derived from the State’s stream health assessment protocols (Maryland Biological Stream Survey – – (MBSS) and models the work of water quality scientists in the field. As a result, your students will be able to gather real, usable data that can be reported to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources through basic online GIS mapping tools. The content and investigations in this workshop are directly in line with Maryland’s environmental literacy graduation requirement and environmental literacy standards. Create a sustained program of study that starts in the classroom and includes hands-on, outdoor investigations that help meet STEM goals and Next Generation Science Standards while monitoring local stream health.

Fee: None (Morning refreshments provided. Lunch not included.)

Credit and/or Stipend: N/A, money for substitute teacher reimbursement may be available.

Audience: Primarily for formal and non-formal educators working with students in grades 5-12 but open to all Maryland educators.

To register: Please click HERE.


 Oct 3 (Thurs) 8:00-3:30 pm

Explore and Restore Maryland Streams
Tuckahoe State Park
13070 Crouse Mill Road
Queen Anne, MD 21657

It is said that every resident of Maryland lives within 15 minutes walking distance to a stream. This workshop combines real-world learning and a potential community science program opportunity for educators working with upper elementary through high school students. Learn about freshwater ecology and water quality through hands-on lessons and investigations that can be recreated with students at a stream near you! The lessons and activities that will be introduced in the workshop were derived from the State’s stream health assessment protocols (Maryland Biological Stream Survey – (MBSS) and models the work of water quality scientists in the field. As a result, your students will be able to gather real, usable data that can be reported to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources through basic online GIS mapping tools. The content and investigations in this workshop are directly in line with Maryland’s environmental literacy graduation requirement and environmental literacy standards. Create a sustained program of study that starts in the classroom and includes hands-on, outdoor investigations that help meet STEM goals and Next Generation Science Standards while monitoring Maryland’s stream health.

Fee: None (Morning refreshments provided. Lunch not included.)

Credit and/or Stipend: N/A, money for substitute teacher reimbursement may be available.

Audience: Primarily for formal and non-formal educators working with students in grades 5-12 but open to all Maryland educators.

To register: Please click HERE.