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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


Due to COVID-19, all current professional development workshops have been cancelled. We are currently working on online professional development options. If you are interested in an online Project WILD training session for your group, please contact Kerry Wixted (kerry.wixted@maryland.gov).


Tues Oct 27th (self paced) and Fri Nov 6th (live) 2:00-4:30 p.m. or Sat., Nov 7th (live) 10:00 -12:30 p.m.

Project WILD Online Professional Development

Project WILD is a hands-on professional development workshop that emphasizes awareness, appreciation, and understanding of wildlife and natural resources. The workshop is designed to meet the needs of K-12 educators in both formal (classroom) and non-formal (nature centers, museums, zoos, parks, scouts) settings. Project WILD has been aligned with Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and Maryland Environmental Literacy standards.

The self-paced course has 4 main learning modules that need to be completed by Thurs Nov 5th. There also will be a 2.5-hour live session to go over additional modules. It should take you an estimated 7 hours to complete. Please contact Kerry Wixted at Kerry.wixted@maryland.gov for any questions pertaining to this course.

The course:

  • Will include self-paced work and a live 2.5-hour session, both of which will be required to receive the award-winning Project WILD guides and a certificate.
  • Is best accessed on a computer. A smartphone can be used for online session, but the Nearpod extensions do not work well on Android devices. The live session will be conducted on Zoom.
  • Will begin as self-paced work on Tues Oct 27th and will consist of a 2.5-hour live session. When registering, please select the live time you prefer.
  • Will be primarily for Maryland educators.* Some exceptions may apply.*


Fee: 
FREE! Cost is sponsored by the Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Audience: Educators, naturalists, community leaders, etc who work with K-12th grade students in Maryland.

Credit: At this time, no credit will be provided aside from a certificate with course hours.

To register: Two sessions will be offered. You only need to register for one:

  • Cohort 1 will meet live on Fri Nov 6th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration for Cohort 1 is now full.
  • Cohort 2 will meet live on Sat Nov 7th from 10:00 -12:30 p.m., register here.


Mon Nov 9th (self paced) and Thurs Nov 19th (live) 5:30-7:30 p.m. or Fri., Nov 20th (live) 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Growing Up WILD Online Professional Development

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.

The self-paced course has 3 main learning modules that need to be completed by Wed Nov 18th. There also will be a 2-hour live session to go over 2 additional modules. It should take you an estimated 5 hours to complete. Please contact Kerry Wixted at Kerry.wixted@maryland.gov for any questions pertaining to this course.

  • Will include self-paced work and a live 2-hour session, both of which will be required to receive a free Growing Up WILD guide and certificate.
  • Is best accessed on a computer. A smartphone can be used for online session, but the Nearpod extensions do not work well on Android devices. The live session will be conducted on Zoom.
  • Will begin as self-paced work on Mon Nov 9th and will consist of a 2-hour live session. When registering, please select the live time you prefer.
  • Will be primarily for Maryland educators.* Some exceptions may apply.*

Fee: FREE! Cost is sponsored by the Wildlife and Heritage Service.

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with PreK-2nd grade students in Maryland.

Credit: At this time, no credit will be provided aside from a certificate with course hours.

To register: Two sessions will be offered. You only need to register for one:

  • Cohort 1 will meet live on Thurs Nov 19th from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. register here
  • Cohort 2 will meet live on Fri Nov 20th from 2:00 -4:00 p.m., register here.
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