University of Maryland Extension

Host a Training at Your Site

To accommodate the Master Naturalist training course, a facility must have classroom space for 15 to 25 students and grounds suitable for outdoor lessons.

Environmental education centers, conservancies, and arboretums are all good potential Host Sites, especially if they are within driving distance of an interesting location for the class field trip. 

The Host Site must have a trained Master Naturalist Program Facilitator, preferably an employee or associate, to organize and oversee the course. Familiarity with the Host Site and its organizational mission is an advantage when recruiting participants and instructors and managing your trained volunteer Master Naturalists. 

Benefits for the Host Site

The Host Site and the Program Facilitator are expected to tailor the training course to their local conditions and objectives. The volunteers, after training, will donate their skills to the Host Site and the community it serves. Providing this program is also good publicity for the Host Site.

For more details about the requirements for being a Host Site, along with an application, see right.

Host Sites in Maryland

Each physiographic region can have numerous Host Sites. Currently approved Host Sites are:

The Piedmont Region 

  • Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase
  • Banneker Historical Park, Baltimore
  • Bear Branch Nature Center, Westminster
  • Brookside Nature Center/M-NCPPC, Wheaton/Montgomery County
  • Catoctin Creek Nature Center, Middletown
  • Calleva, Poolesville
  • Caitlin Dunbar Nature Center, Ellicott City
  • Cromwell Valley Park, Parkville
  • Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore
  • Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville
  • Fountain Rock Nature Center, Walkersville
  • The Green School of Baltimore, Baltimore
  • Hashawha Environmental Center, Westminster
  • Howard County Conservancy - Belmont, Elkridge
  • Howard County Conservancy - Mt. Pleasant, Woodstock
  • Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills
  • Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville
  • Piney Run Nature Center, Sykesville
  • Lake Roland Park (formerly Robert E. Lee Park), Baltimore
  • Robinson Nature Center, Columbia
  • University of the District of Columbia, Washington

The Coastal Plain

  • Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely
  • American Chestnut Land Trust, Prince Frederick
  • Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, Abingdon
  • Eden Mill Nature Center, Pylesville
  • George Washington House-Anacosta Watershed Society, Bladensburg
  • Hard Bargain Farm-Alice Ferguson Foundation, Accokeek
  • Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife & Heritage Service, Annapolis
  • Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center, Baltimore
  • National Aquarium, Baltimore
  • North Bay, LLC, North East
  • Patuxent River 4-H, Upper Marlboro
  • Phillips Warf Environmental Center, Tilghman
  • Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Easton
  • Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater
  • University of the District of Columbia, Washington

The Mountain Region 

Cunningham Falls State Park & Gambrill State Park, Thurmont (coming in 2016-17)

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