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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


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.


February 6, 2020 (Thurs) 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Project WET
Facilitated by Maryland Environmental Service at the 2020 MAEOE Conference
Princess Royale Hotel and Resort
9100 Coastal Hwy
Ocean City, MD 21842

Ship out of Port Project WET! and learn to navigate an award-winning environmental education program designed for formal and non-formal educators working with all ages! Focus on how maritime industry is benefiting the environment in a major way here in Maryland through this Port of Baltimore-themed Project WET workshop. Engage in multi-disciplinary activities that promote awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and management of water resources. Participants will receive a copy of the 2.0 Guide upon completion of the workshop and learn about additional educational opportunities provided by the Port of Baltimore.

Fee: This workshop is being offered through the annual MAEOE (Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education) conference. Attendees can register for just the Project WET professional development workshop (without attending the rest of the conference) if they choose. Thursday lunch is included with registration. Conference fees vary. For detailed information on conference fees, visit: https://maeoe.org/uploads/files/fees-2020-updated-8.2019-002_191219_162304.pdf.

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

To Register: Visit the MAEOE registration site to register for Project WET (or the other conference offerings). Registration closes Feb. 5, 2020

Questions: If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Maggie Cavey at 443-685-5448.


Feb 21 (Fri) 12:30-3:30 pm
Growing Up WILD

Sultana Education Foundation
200 S Cross St
Chestertown, MD 21620

Join Sultana Education Foundation staff for an engaging and hands-on professional development workshop. Through developmentally appropriate activities involving language arts, science and math experiences, Growing UP WILD offers an interdisciplinary approach to environmental education for early childhood. As a group, participants will model activities that include early childhood STEM, dramatic play, and more.

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

Fee: Free; fees are sponsored by the Sultana Education Foundation

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 preK-2nd.

To register: please fill out the form here: https://forms.gle/qz3kjx8BmeWMFWJV6 Registration will close on Fri., Feb 14.​


Feb 22 (Sat) 9:00-12:30pm
Getting Little Feet WET

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Ln
Columbia, MD 21044

Developed specifically for teachers working with young children (ages 3-6) and in coordination with early childhood experts and educators, Getting Little Feet Wet is Project WET’s early childhood curriculum. Getting Little Feet Wet contains 11 interactive, hands-on activities for young learners to explore different aspects of water—from water properties to water sounds. Each activity offers both Pre-K and K-2 options and is correlated to respective educational standards.

Throughout the workshop, participants will get to experience activities first-hand. Participants who complete the professional development will receive their own copy of the Getting Little Feet WET guide.

Fee: $15

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 preK-2nd.

To register: please call Robinson Nature Center at 410-313-0400 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter


Feb 22 (Sat) 1:00-4:30pm
Growing Up WILD​

Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Ln
Columbia, MD 21044

Join Robinson Nature Center staff for an engaging and hands-on professional development workshop. Through developmentally appropriate activities involving language arts, science and math experiences, Growing Up WILD offers an interdisciplinary approach to environmental education for early childhood. As a group, participants will model activities that include early childhood STEM, dramatic play, and more.

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

Fee: $15

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 preK-2nd.

To register: please call Robinson Nature Center  at 410-313-0400 or visit www.howardcountymd.gov/RobinsonNatureCenter​


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/

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