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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


Dec 13 (Fri) 9:30-3:00 pm
Flying WILD
Tawes State Office Building
580 Taylor Ave, C-1
Annapolis, MD 21401

Join state coordinator, Kerry Wixted, for the rarely offered Flying WILD professional development workshop. Flying WILD helps educators by providing interdisciplinary, standards-based lessons that engage students in real-world learning. Through hands-on lessons, educators will learn how to weave art and science to teach about concepts such as migration, bird communication, nest building, pollution, and more. Educators that complete the training will receive their own Flying WILD curriculum supplement with multiple activities to engage students about birds.

Fee: Free; fees are sponsored by the Wildlife and Heritage Service; please bring a bagged lunch

Credit: No credit is offered for this workshop. 

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with students in grades 3-8.

Registration is now full. To be placed on the waitlist, please email Kerry Wixted at kerry.wixted@maryland.gov. Please include a contact number with your correspondence.


Jan 31 (Fri) 9:00-4:00 pm
Growing Up WILD and Flying WILD
Environmental Education Center at Assateague National Park
7206 National Seashore Ln
Berlin, MD 21811

Join Wildlife and Heritage Service and Maryland Coastal Bays Program staff for an engaging and hands-on professional development workshop. Through activities involving language arts, science and math experiences, Growing UP WILD and Flying WILD offer an interdisciplinary approach to environmental education.

In the morning, we will dive into the award-winning Growing Up WILD curriculum which includes developmentally appropriate activities for preK-2nd grade students. As a group, we will model activities that include early childhood STEM, dramatic play, and more! In the afternoon, we will model activities from the widely adaptable Flying WILD curriculum supplement. Using bids as a focus, we will explore activities that teach about concepts such as adaptations, migration, and bird behaviors.

Throughout the workshop, participants will get to experience activities first-hand. Participants who complete the professional development will receive their own copies of the Growing Up WILD and Flying WILD curriculum supplement guides.

Fee: Free; fees are sponsored by the Wildlife and Heritage Service and Maryland Coastal Bays Program; please bring a bagged lunch

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

Audience: Educators, daycare providers, community leaders, etc who work with students in grades K-8.

To register: please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/mZ7dHxyJkWiUigVg7. Registration will close on Fri., January 24.


Feb 29 (Sat) 9:30-4:00 pm

Project WILD
National Aquarium
501 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD

Join National Aquarium staff for a hands-on and fun-filled professional development centered on wildlife and conservation. Project WILD is an award-winning curriculum supplement that contains over 100 interdisciplinary activities designed to teach about wildlife while learning basic skills in science, social students, language arts, math, art, music and physical education. Throughout the workshop, educators will get a chance to model activities. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the two Project WILD curriculum guides that have been expanded to contain field investigations & STEM connections! Project WILD activities address Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards.

Fee: $15; Aquarium admission is included; please bring a bagged lunch

Credit: Educators who take 3 of 5 certified trainings may be eligible for 1 MSDE continuing education credit.

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

To register: please call 410-576-3833. Registration will close on February 14.


Mar 7 (Sat) 9:30-3:30pm
Project WILD 
Carroll County Extension Office
700 Agricultural Center Dr
Westminster, MD 21157 

Join state coordinator, Kerry Wixted, for a hands-on and fun-filled professional development centered on wildlife and conservation. Project WILD is an award-winning curriculum supplement that contains over 100 interdisciplinary activities designed to teach about wildlife while learning basic skills in science, social students, language arts, math, art, music and physical education. Throughout the workshop, educators will get a chance to model activities. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive the two Project WILD curriculum guides that have been expanded to contain field investigations & STEM connections! Project WILD activities address Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and Maryland Environmental Literacy Standards.

Fee: Optional $6 fee for snacks and lunch

Credit: Educators who take 3 of 5 certified trainings may be eligible for 1 MSDE continuing education credit.

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

To register: please visit: https://4hgoes.wordpress.com/2020-project-wild-training/