Wildlife Education Trunks

Bring the outside into your classroom with these unique hands-on, interdisciplinary teaching tools. These education trunks are designed to educate students while building on fundamental disciplines like math, art, social studies, science, language arts and physical education.

Education Trunks are available free to educators in Maryland for a one to two week period, depending on availability. Please call the location nearest you to reserve an education trunk. You will be responsible for picking up and dropping off the education trunk(s) at their appropriate location (see Locations and Contact Information below).

Types of Education Trunks Available:

White-tailed Deer Education TrunkWhite-tailed Deer Education Trunk contents

This education trunk provides educational information and materials pertaining to white-tailed deer biology, history, management, recreational opportunities and impacts that deer have on landscapes and people in Maryland. The trunk provides teachers with ready-made lesson plans including activities for students in grade levels K – 12 that are engaging and informative.

The contents include: a teacher’s curriculum guide, two beautifully illustrated books, a “deer sounds” CD, deer hide, antler, buckskin, antler buttons and film. It contains a track mold, track replica, scat replica and skull with jawbone. Also included are many deer activity pages and activities from the Project Wild curriculum.

Black Bear Education Trunk ContentsBlack Bear Education Trunk

This education trunk provides educational information and materials pertaining to Black Bear biology, history, habitat, management, and impacts that bear have on landscapes and people in Maryland. The trunk provides teachers with ready-made lesson plans including activities for students in grade levels K – 12 that are engaging and informative.

Each teacher trunk contains a black bear hide, track, black bear puppet, skull and scat replica, along with a slide show, video, brochure and curriculum guide. Also included are many bear activity pages and activities from the Project Wild curriculum.

Furbearer Education TrunkFurbearer Education Trunk

This education trunk is designed to provide hands-on material and activities to teach about the 14 species of furbearers found in Maryland. Furbearers in Maryland include the beaver, bobcat, coyote, fisher, gray fox, long-tailed weasel, red fox, mink, muskrat, nutria, opossum, raccoon, river otter, and striped skunk. The curriculum guide focuses on the history of the fur trade, biology and ecology of Maryland’s furbearers and management of furbearers. 

The trunk provides ready-made lessons for educating students in grades K-12. The contents of the trunk includes: curriculum guide, 11 furs, replica skulls, tracks, scats, books, a raccoon hand puppet, Outdoors Maryland DVDs, supplies to run activities and a PowerPoint related to Maryland’s furbearers.

Turkey Education TrunkPhoto of Wild Turkey Education Trunk contents

NEW!! This K-12 education trunks contains a variety of hands-on materials to teach about wild turkeys. The curriculum guide focuses on wild turkey biology and management of this amazing game bird.

The trunk contains decoys of a hen and jake (juvenile) wild turkey, gobbler call, replica skull, replica egg, replica scat, a turkey sound CD, supplies to teach about turkeys, a wild turkey puppet, a wild turkey PowerPoint, and books about wild turkeys.

Growing Up WILD Education Kits

Growing Up Wild Educator Kits - Collage of contents 

These hands-on kits are designed to complement Growing Up WILD activities. The kits contain a variety of early childhood education tools that align with the following Growing Up WILD activities: Deep Blue Sea, Fishing Fun, Looking at Leaves, Less is More and Who Lives in a Tree. To learn more about these kits, please check here to visit our Growing Up WILD Educator Kit page.

 

Project EduBat Trunk

Project EduBat LogoProject EduBat has generously provided a bat education trunk filled with materials to teach about bats. At this time, the Project EduBat trunk is only available in Baltimore City. To learn more, click here.


NEW! Aquatic Invasive Species Education Trunk

Aquatic Invasive Species Education Trunk contents.Teach students about aquatic invasive species of the Mid-Atlantic with our new education trunk! The trunk contains over 40 lesson plans and hands-on resources to teach about the many aspects of aquatic invasive species including how they are introduced, how they impact natural areas and students, and ways to engage in action projects to eradicate and educate about invasive species. Please note: Pick-up locations for this trunk are not the same as noted below. Click here for more information about the Aquatic Invasive Species Education Project.

 

 

Maryland map showing locations to pick up Wildlife Education Trunks Links to Map for Western Region 1Links to Map for Western Region 2Links to Map for Central Region 1Links to Map for Southern RegionLinks to map for Central Region 2Links to Map for Southern region

Click on Regions above for a Map of the Location Closest to You.

Locations and Contact Information:

To reserve a trunk or kit, please call the location closest to you to check on availability. Trunks can be loaned for up to 2 weeks at a time, pending availability. Persons reserving the trunk will be responsible for picking up and returning the trunk to the loan facility. Proof of ID is required upon picking up the trunk.

 
  • A = Western Region 1 (Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service, 12512 Pleasant Valley Rd, Flintstone MD 21530): 301-777-2136
  • B = Western Region 2 (Indian Springs Wildlife Management Area, 14038 Blairs Valley Road, Clear Spring, MD 21722): 301-842-2702
  • C = Central Region 1 (Maryland Geological Survey, 2300 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore City, MD 21218): 410-554-5522 Please email Tiffany Vanderwerker at tiffany.vanderwerker@maryland.gov or contact Heather Quinn at 410-554-5522 or heather.quinn@maryland.gov to reserve.
  • D = Southern Region 1 (Tawes Office Building, 580 Taylor Ave, E-1, Annapolis, MD 21041): 410-260-8540
  • E = Southern Region 2 (5625 Myrtle Grove Road LaPlata, Maryland 20646); 301-743-5161
  • F = Central Region 2 (Anita C. Leight Estuary Center - 700 Otter Point RD, Abingdon MD 21009): 410-612-1688, Baltimore Line 410-879-2000 x1688
  • G = Eastern Region (Maryland Department of Natural Resources Eastern Service Center, 201 Baptist Street #22, Salisbury, Maryland 21801): 410-713-3851


For more information, contact:

Karina Stonesifer
301-777-2136
E-mail: Karina.Stonesifer@maryland.gov
Wildlife and Heritage Service
12512 Pleasant Valley Rd
Flintstone MD 21530

 


A program of Maryland Department of Natural Resources Project Wild.