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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


January 11 (Fri) 10:00-3:00 pm

Growing Up WILD STEAM
580 Taylor Ave, E-1
Annapolis, MD 21401

Growing Up WILD is an interdisciplinary early childhood education program that builds on children's sense of wonder about nature, inviting them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Growing Up WILD has been aligned with Common Core (K-2), Head Start domains, and Maryland Environmental Literacy standards. This workshop will be focused on STEAM- science, technology, engineering, art, and math integration for early learners.

Throughout the workshop, participants will go through various activities in the Growing Up WILD guide and will learn about ways to connect young children to nature with a STEAM focus. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the Growing Up WILD curriculum book.

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

Credit: Daycare providers may be eligible to receive elective curriculum hours. This course counts as professional development for Maryland Green Schools.

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

To register, please fill out the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/iyRNqPUMm8tjl9AJ3


Jan 12, 2018 (Sat) 9:30-3:30 pm

Project WILD
Waldorf West Library
Meeting Room B
10405 O'Donnell Place
Waldorf, MD 20603

Engage in hands-on, inter-disciplinary activities focusing on wildlife, the environment, and conservation. Throughout the workshop, participants will experience and model activities from the popular Project WILD Activity Guides. Activities will focus on content that boosts science and inquiry skills while enhancing participant’s knowledge about local wildlife and educational resources. This professional development workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K–12 students. Participants who complete the workshop will receive copies of both the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD curriculum supplement guides.

Fee: Free! Workshop fees are sponsored by the Wildlife and Heritage Service and meeting room was provided by Charles County Public Library. Please bring a bagged lunch.

Credit: 1 MSDE credit may be available to educators who take 3 out of 5 approved courses with certified facilitators. This course counts as professional development for Maryland Green Schools

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

Workshop is currently full. Please email Kerry Wixted to be placed on the waitlist: kerry.wixted@maryland.gov


February 23 (Sat) 9:30-4:00 pm

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

Engage in hands-on, inter-disciplinary activities focusing on wildlife, the environment, and conservation. Throughout the workshop, participants will experience and model activities from the popular Project WILD Activity Guides. Activities will focus on content that boosts science and inquiry skills while enhancing participant’s knowledge about local wildlife and educational resources. This professional development workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K–12 students. Participants who complete the workshop will receive copies of both the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD curriculum supplement guides.

Fee: $15. Please bring a bagged lunch; registration includes Aquarium admission.

Credit: 1 MSDE credit may be available to educators who take 3 out of 5 approved courses with certified facilitators. This course counts as professional development for Maryland Green Schools.

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

To register, please call Central Reservations at 410-576-3833


Save the Date!
February 28 (Thurs) - March 1 (Fri)

Project WET, Project WILD, and Project Learning Tree Facilitator Workshop
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Are you interested in facilitating workshops for fellow educators? If so, join us for a two-day facilitator training where you can become certified to lead educator workshops in 1, 2, or all 3 of the Projects. Throughout the workshop, we will go over facilitation techniques, how to build an agenda, how to run a workshop, and more. Please note: this is a volunteer position and participants will have to attend both days to become certified. More details will follow.

Audience: Educators, naturalists, and community leaders interested in teaching other adults .

Registration coming in mid-December. To be placed on the email list, please contact Kerry Wixted: Kerry.wixted@maryland.gov. All registrants will be required to take the Project educator training workshop(s) they wish to become certified within prior to the training.


Save the Date!
March 30 (Sat) 9:00-3:00 pm

Project WILD
Locust Grove Nature Center
7777 Democracy Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817

Engage in hands-on, inter-disciplinary activities focusing on wildlife, the environment, and conservation. Throughout the workshop, participants will experience and model activities from the popular Project WILD Activity Guides. Activities will focus on content that boosts science and inquiry skills while enhancing participant’s knowledge about local wildlife and educational resources. This professional development workshop is appropriate for informal and formal educators of K–12 students. Participants who complete the workshop will receive copies of both the Project WILD and Aquatic WILD curriculum supplement guides.

Fee: TBD. Please bring a bagged lunch.

Credit: 1 MSDE credit may be available to educators who take 3 out of 5 approved courses with certified facilitators. This course counts as professional development for Maryland Green Schools.

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

Registration coming soon. To be notified when available, please fill out our interest form here: https://goo.gl/forms/Do1AxWXpwaGU7Nni2