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. Each trunk contains:
  • Educator guide with background information, lesson plans, and K-12 activities
  • Hand-on items such as furs, videos, prepped activity supplies, books, and more

How To Reserve Trunks

Education trunks are available free to educators in Maryland for a 1-2 week period, depending on availability. Please contact the location nearest you to reserve an education trunk (see map with trunk locations and contacts at the bottom of the page). You will be responsible for picking up and dropping off the education trunk(s) at their appropriate location.

Types of Education Trunks Available:

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

Learn more about one of our most common mammals: the white-tailed deer! The trunk includes: an educator’s guide, children’s books, a deer sound CD, deer hide, antler, antler buttons, DVDs, a track mold, scat replica, and replica skull with jawbone. Also included is a Project Wild guide, a PowerPoint on white-tailed deer, and a jawbone aging key


Black Bear Education Trunk ContentsBlack Bear Education Trunk

Black bears are the largest land mammal in Maryland. Learn more about these fascinating animals with our education trunk. The recently updated trunk includes: curriculum guide, a black bear hide, track mold, black bear puppet, skull and scat replica, children’s books, Outdoors Maryland DVDs on black bears, Project Wild guide, a PowerPoint on black bears, and prepped activities to teach about bears.

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, track replicas, scat replicas, 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

This K-12 education trunk focuses on wild turkey biology and management.

The trunk contains curriculum guide, 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 Abingdon, Annapolis, Baltimore City, Cumberland, and Gaithersburg. To learn more, click here.

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.


Locations and Contact Information:

To reserve a trunk, please contact the location nearest you.

Maryland map showing locations to pick up Wildlife Education Trunks Links to Western Region 1 officeLinks to Western Region 2 officeLinks to Central Region 1 officeLinks to Central Region 2 officeLinks to Central Region officeHeadquarters officeSouthern Region 2 OfficeEastern Region Location

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

  • 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 (11960 Clopper Road; Maintenance Complex; Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878): 301- 258-7308; NOTE: this location only has bat, deer, bear, wild turkey and furbearer trunks.
  • D = Central Region 2 (Maryland Geological Survey, 2300 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore City, MD 21218): 410-554-5522 Please email Dale Shelton at dale.shelton@maryland.gov or Tiffany Vanderwerker at tiffany.vanderwerker@maryland.gov or contact Heather Quinn at 410-554-5522 or heather.quinn@maryland.gov to reserve.
  • E= Central Region 3 (Anita C. Leight Estuary Center - 700 Otter Point RD, Abingdon MD 21009): 410-612-1688, Baltimore Line 410-879-2000
  • F= Southern Region 1 (Tawes Office Building, 580 Taylor Ave, E-1, Annapolis, MD 21041): 410-260-8540
  • G = Southern Region 2 - Due to staff shortages, the Southern Region 2 trunks from Myrtle Grove will be temporarily moved to Annapolis until September 16. To reserve these trunks, please contact the Annapolis (Southern Region 1) office at 410-260-8540.
  • H = Eastern Region (Maryland Department of Natural Resources Eastern Service Center, 201 Baptist Street #22, Salisbury, Maryland 21801): 410-713-3851

For more information, contact:

Nancy Doran
E-mail: Nancy.Doran@maryland.gov
Wildlife and Heritage Service
12512 Pleasant Valley Rd
Flintstone MD 21530

A program of Maryland Department of Natural Resources Project Wild.