Resources for Educators

This is a list of resources that Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers for educators. They include student activities, in-class presentations, educator professional development opportunities, and outdoor education opportunities for people of all ages. If you have any questions, please contact:

Cindy Etgen
Tawes State Office Building, E2
580 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD  21401
Phone: 410-260-8716
E-mail: cindy.etgen@maryland.gov

Program

Contact

Target
Audience

Key Goal
of Program

Website

Fisheries

Hooked on Fishing   Martha Shaum
410-260-8721
Ages 8-15 Teach fishing & conservation ethic http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/are/hofnod.asp

Watershed Education

Aquatic Resources Education Cindy Etgen
410-260-8716
Grades K-12
Educators, Non-profits
Aquatic Education http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/are/
Aquatic Resources Education Grants Cindy Etgen
410-260-8716
Educators Promote aquatic resources projects in schools. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/are/aregrants.asp
Green Eggs and Sand Stacy Epperson
410-260-8775
Grades 6-12
Educators
Introduction to the biology, history, ecology, and management of horseshoe crabs. Hands-on activities. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/are/ges.asp
Be a Part of Something BIG Cindy Etgen
410-260-8716
Grades 3-8
Educators
Provides educators and students the opportunity to gain hands-on experiences with water quality monitoring. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/are/big.asp
Project WET Cindy Etgen
410-260-8716
Educators Promote teaching of water-related issues. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/are/wet.asp
Storm Drain Stenciling Cindy Etgen
410-260-8716
Educators Promote teaching of water-related issues. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/are/stormdrain.asp
TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness is Maryland) Chris Hintz
410-260-8809
Grades 3rd-8th Educators & Volunteers Teaching watershed & conservation issues. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/teamdnr/
Check-Up Cindy Etgen
410-260-8716
Grades 6-12
Educators
Guide on how to assess the natural resource use in your school (waste, water, and energy). http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/education/checkup.asp
Where Do We Grow from Here? Sandi Olek
410-260-8979
Grades 6-12
Educators
A teacher’s resource guide on growth and its impacts in Maryland. Includes lesson plans, maps, and background information. http://www.dnr.maryland.gov/sg_teachers_guide/ 

Chesapeake Bay

Bay Grasses in Classes Mark Lewandowski
410-260-8634
K-12 Teach about value of and threats to this resource.  
Eyes on the Bay Mark Trice
410-260-8649
Grades 8 - Adults View real-time data on Chesapeake Bay conditions. Includes lesson plans to support use of the website. http://mddnr.chesapeakebay.net/eyesonthebay/index.cfm

Hunter & Boater Safety

Boater Education   All Ages Environmentally responsible boating behavior. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/

 

Hunter Education   All Ages Safe hunting behavior - required by law. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/nrp/hunter_education.asp

State Parks

Junior Rangers   K-12
(ages 7-14)
Understanding & appreciation of natural resources at State Parks. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/jrranger.asp
Park Naturalist Programs    K-12 Adult Understanding & appreciation of natural resources at State Parks. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/
Scales & Tales   K-12 Adult Understanding & appreciation for wildlife and stewardship of natural resources http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/snt.asp
Tawes-Natural Resources Club
Tawes Garden Day Camp
Jay Myers
410-260-8184
Ages 6-12 Understanding & appreciation of natural resources at State Parks. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/tawesgarden.asp
Leave No Trace   All ages Teaches stewardship and outdoor ethics through minimum impact recreation. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/outdooradventures/lnt.asp

Forestry

Project Learning Tree 410-822-4903 Educators Understanding of forestry concepts. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/kids/plt.html
Arbor Day Curriculum   Educators, 3rd graders Curriculum http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/education/arborday.html
School Forests 410-260-8589 K-12   Establish school forests for study & environmental benefit  
Treemendous Maryland   Adults Tree planting skills. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/treemendous/

Wildlife

Project WILD Kerry Wixted
410-260-8566
Educators Understanding of habitat, wildlife and conservation concepts. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/projectwild.asp
Growing Up WILD Kerry Wixted
410-260-8566
Educators Early childhood education program designed to teach children how to explore nature and learn about wildlife http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/
ProjectWild/GrowingUpWild.asp
Wild Acres Kerry Wixted
410-260-8566
Adults Promote creating backyard habitat. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Habitat/WildAcres/index.asp
National Hunting & Fishing Day Patricia Handy
410-260-8537
Families, Adults & Children The day’s activities are designed to get individuals and families outdoors and acquaint them with the areas unique natural resources, to promote traditional outdoor sports and conservation. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Hunt_Trap/NHFD/index.asp
Junior Hunter Days Patricia Handy
410-260-8537
Ages 16 or younger Safe hunting behavior. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/
youth/index.asp
Education Trunks Patricia Handy
410-260-8537
Educators Bring the outside into your classroom with these unique hands-on, interdisciplinary teaching tools. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/
Education/education_trunks.asp
Junior Hunter Field Days Patricia Handy
410-260-8537
Youth Under the guidance of wildlife professionals, Junior Hunter Field Days provide safe, enjoyable, and hands-on opportunities for young people to learn about hunting, trapping and its important role in Maryland’s wildlife conservation. All equipment is provided. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/
youth/Jr_Hunter_Field_Days.asp
Mentored Youth Hunts Patricia Handy
410-260-8537
Youth Youth Maryland’s mentored youth hunts provides a positive hunting experience, educates parents/guardians how to be a good hunting mentor, and the youth as well as their parents/guardians are informed about what conservation groups are available for them to get involved with and how.  http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/
youth/MentoredHunts/index.asp
National Archery in the Schools Patricia Handy
410-260-8537
Youth Youth Students are taught how modern archery equipment works, shooting techniques, steps to archery success, and how to improve their skills http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/NASP/index.asp
Junior Hunter Certificate Program Patricia Handy
410-260-8537
Youth The Maryland DNR- Wildlife & Heritage Service will provide Junior Hunters (age 16 and under) with a free certificate commemorating their deer, turkey, or bear taken during the current hunting seasons http://www.dnr.state.md.us/huntersguide/yh_certprogram.asp
Special Junior Hunter Opportunities   Patricia Handy
410-260-8537
Youth Places where junior hunters get to hunt that no one else can http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/
youth/Jr_Hunter_Applications.asp

 

Adults

Becoming An Outdoors Woman Patricia Handy
410-260-8537
Adults Experience outdoors; learn recreational skills. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/Education/bow/index.asp
Tributary Teams   Adults Environmentally responsible behavior http://www.dnr.state.md.us/bay/tribstrat/

Geology

Maryland Geology Dale Shelton
410-554-5505
K-12 Teaching of the wonderful and varied geology of Maryland. http://www.mgs.md.gov/

Other

Bay Game Office of Communications & Marketing
410-260-8021
All ages Teach environmental concepts through a travel game along Route 50. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/baygame
Envirothon Stacy Epperson
410-260-8775
9-12 Trains high school students in forestry, wildlife and aquatics issues. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/envirothon.asp
Natural Resources Magazine Darlene Pisani
410-260-8004
All ages Information about DNR’s various programs, hot topics, calendar of events, DNR @ Work, and a Natural Education http://www.dnr.state.md.us/dnrnews/publications.asp
Power Up! Cindy Etgen
410-260-8716
Educators Power UP! Activity guide examines the issues of electric power generation in Maryland.  Activities use a variety of teacher/learning strategies: small group cooperative learning, individual tasks, reading, lab investigations, mapping and models.

http://www.dnr.state.md.us/education/powerup/powerup.asp