There are countless ways to get involved and learn more about Maryland's streams and rivers. Check out the Stream Waders page for information on trainings, instructional videos, and maps of targeted sampling areas. Noon seminars are held at Department of Natural Resources headquarters and are great ways to learn more about a variety of topics. Experts from around the state and around the globe come to Annapolis to discuss their work. If you want to learn more about the stream in your backyard or the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed, there are a variety of groups that can help you get educated and get involved!
Stream Waders Volunteers
Since 2000, the Stream Waders
Program has worked tirelessly to assist the department in assessing the health of the freshwater streams in Maryland. Each year, volunteers survey sites for benthic macroinvertebrates (bugs!) and learn a lot about the health of the streams in the State. Put on your waders and learn more about your waters!
From the Smithsonian to the Galapagos, grab your lunch and watch a presentation about interesting people, places, and
conservation around the world. Held in the C1 conference room, these informal meetings are open to anyone and can be about just about anything. Experts from around the state and around the globe come to Annapolis to discuss diverse topics such as stormwater management, tropical birds, and the incredible oarfish of the South Pacific. This noon seminar list is updated all the time, so check back often.
There is a good chance a watershed association is working in your area. This is the place to go for information on water monitoring interest groups outside of the department. If your looking to learn more about Maryland's waters in different scales, this might be the place for you. You can learn a lot, and then participate to help conserve and protect our valuable aquatic resources.