University of Maryland Extension

Resource Links

Earth Friendly
General Interest

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Earth Friendly 

 Biological and Alternative Control & Intergrated Pest Management (IPM)

Chesapeake Bay

  • Bay-Wise - University of Maryland Extension. Emphasizes better water quality through smarter gardening
  • Chesapeake Bay Program – The bay and its ecosystem. Scientific data, environmental indicators, educational resources, and public information
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation - saving the Bay through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration
  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay - brings together individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to find collaborative solutions, to help the bay
  • Maryland Sea Grant Extension Programs - Chesapeake Bay and coastal issues including fisheries, seafood, aquaculture, water quality, coastal communities and marine science education
  • Riparian Buffer Systems - University of Maryland, basic concepts and principles of riparian forest buffers. Includes plant & seed suppliers, fact sheets, references, web links, a Maryland training manual and a general slide show

Conservation & Environmental Resources

Native Plants

 Pollinators and Natural Enemies

  • Beekeeping - Bee Informed Partnership, a national collaboration of scientists to better understand honey bee declines
  • Butterflies - North American Butterfly Association
  • Mid-Atlantic Apiculture - Research and extension consortium, Penn State University
  • (PDF) Pollinator Friendly Planting Guide - Learn how to provide a habitat for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators
  • Xerces Society - A science-based conservation organization dedicated to pollinators

Rain Gardens

  •  - Comprehensive information on rainscaping techniques such as rain gardens, native tree and shrub planting, rain barrels, and permeable pavers.
  • Rainscapes in Schools - Montgomery County Maryland Dept. of Environmental Protection's comprehensive site on rain gardens
  • Rain Garden Manual - Information from the NJ Native Plant Society

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Fruits and Vegetables

Other related University of Maryland Extension Resources

Gardening with Kids

  • Bug Bios - Entomological database of very cool bugs
  • - National Gardening Association Kids Gardening web site
  • School Garden Wizard - U.S. Botanic Garden and Chicago Botanic Garden
  • California School Garden Network - school gardens information
  • Life Lab - Life Lab Science Program
  • MAEOE - The Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education
  • MAEF - Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation, Inc. 
  • USDA for Kids - All kinds of fun stuff for kids from the United States Department of Agriculture
  • Discover Life  - assembles and shares knowledge in order to improve education, health, agriculture, economic development, and conservation throughout the world


Lawn Care


Plant ID

Regional Public Gardens


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 Biological and Alternative Control & Intergrated Pest Management (IPM)

Insects and Spiders (not all of these are bad guys!)

 Pest Alerts and Invasive Species (Insects and Plants)

Pest Control

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Pesticide Information

Poison Information



General Interest

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