Growing Up WILD Kits

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service now offers 5 Growing Up WILD educator kits. These kits are designed to supplement specific Growing Up WILD activities and contain activity information as well as hands-on items such as puppets and books to teach children aged 3-7 about nature. The use of the kits is free of charge! The kits are available for up to two weeks at a time. To reserve one or several of the kits, please contact one of the facilities closest to you to see about available reservation dates. Note: all kits must be picked up and dropped off at the loaner facility.

To learn more about Growing Up WILD and/or to participate in a training workshop, then please visit our Growing Up WILD page here. To learn more about our additional wildlife education trunks, the please visit our Education Trunk page here. The Ward Museum in Salisbury also offers Growing Up WILD educator kits. To learn more about their kits, click here.

Deep Blue Sea Education Kit ContentsKit #1: Deep Blue Sea

Activity Objectives: Children develop an awareness of oceans and ocean life.

Kit Contents:

  1. Sea Otter puppet
  2. Inflatable Globe
  3. Bike Pump
  4. Mix of seashells
  5. Alphabet of Ocean Animals Book
  6. Animals in the Ocean Book
  7. Sea Creatures Book
  8. Plastic Fish
  9. Laminated ocean animals cards
  10. Laminated ocean animal factsheets
  11. Activity info, resource guide and resource CD

Fishing Fun Education Kit ContentsKit #2: Fishing Fun!

Activity Objectives: Children engage in a dramatic play fishing game and learn about fish.

Kit Contents:

  1. 6 Magnetic fishing rods
  2. 10 laminated fish
  3. Fish Eyes: a Book You Can Count on
  4. Trout Are Made of Trees book
  5. Fishing in a Brook book
  6. Brook Trout replica
  7. Largemouth Bass replica
  8. Activity info, fish guide, resource guide and resource CD

Less is More Education Kit contentsKit #3: Less is More

Activity Objectives: Children learn that using less is a way of sharing resources

Kit Contents:

  1. 3 recycling sorting bins and cards
  2. 16 laminated recycling bingo cards
  3. Schoolhouse Earth DVD
  4. Adventures of a Plastic Bottle book
  5. Where Does Garbage Go book
  6. Cleaning Up Litter book
  7. Three R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle book
  8. Activity info, supplemental guide and resource CD

Looking at Leaves Education KitKit #4: Looking at Leaves

Activity Objectives: Children practice their observation skills by comparing leaves.

Kit Contents:

  1. 10 laminated leaves
  2. 16 leaf rubbing plates
  3. 2 tree cookies
  4. 2 pinecones
  5. 5 magnifying glasses
  6. Laminated poison ivy factsheet, leaf margin sheet and common leaves sheet
  7. Plant Invaders of Mid-Atlantic Natural Areas book
  8. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf book
  9. Why Do Leaves Change Color? Book
  10. Trees, Leaves, and Bark book
  11. Learning about Leaves guide
  12. 2 rulers
  13. Activity info, resource guide and resource CD

Who Lives in a Tree Education KitKit #5: Who Lives in a Tree?

Activity Objectives: Children develop an awareness of trees and some of the animals that call them “home”.

Kit Contents:

  1. Felt tree w/ suction cup
  2. Gray Squirrel Puppet
  3. Laminated Who Lives in a Tree Cards
  4. Laminated Who Lives in a Tree Poem
  5. 2 plastic binoculars
  6. 5 magnifying glasses
  7. Laminated wildlife guides (spiders, birds, butterflies)
  8. Peterson Field Guide to Birds
  9. Peterson Field Guide to Mammals
  10. The Secret Life of Trees book
  11. A Log’s Life book
  12. Birds, Nests, and Eggs book
  13. Activity info, resource guide resource CD

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): Please call or email Dale Shelton at 410-554-5505 or 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 - (Myrtle Grove Wildlife Management Area 5625 Myrtle Grove Rd, La Plata, MD 20646); 301- 743-5161
  • H = Eastern Region (Maryland Department of Natural Resources Eastern Service Center, 201 Baptist Street #22, Salisbury, Maryland 21801): 410-713-3851

Kits were made possible by Grant #11660 by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Wildlife and Heritage Service.

For General Questions about Growing Up WILD or the kits, please contact:

Kerry Wixted
Wildlife and Heritage Service
580 Taylor Ave, E-1
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-260-8566
Fax: 410-260-8596​