University of Maryland Extension

Training Courses in the Piedmont Region

Master Naturalist Training Courses

Listed below are Open as well as Past Master Naturalist Training Courses.  Please review this listing to see what host sites participate in the Maryland Master Naturalist Program in this region and when they typically offer training (i.e., time of year, days of the week, time of day, etc).  Applications are only being accepted by OPEN programs as noted below.  To apply for admission to a training course, please contact the Host Site and download and submit the application (see links at right). If a host site interests you but their training is not currently open, please email the host site contact for more information about upcoming trainings at that host site.

The cost of the training is $250 per person upon acceptance into the training. Do not send payment with your application.

If you would like to learn more about how your facility/organization could become a Host Site, please contact Joy Rafey at jrafey@umd.edu

 

Open/Upcoming/Active Trainings:

Marshy Point Nature Center/Cromwell Valley Park/Balt. County Environmental Protection & Sustainability, Baltimore, MD (Baltimore County) 
http://www.marshypoint.org/ and http://www.cromwellvalleypark.org/ 
Host Site Contacts:  Ben Porter of Marshy Point Nature Center bporter@baltimorecountymd.gov, Brina  Doyle of Cromwell Valley Park bdoyle@baltimorecountymd.gov, and Autumn Kahl of Balt. County EPS akahl@baltimorecountymd.gov 
Dates:  September 16 - November 18, 2017 
Days:  Saturdays, 9 am - 4 pm
Registration Currently CLOSED

Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD (Montgomery County)
http://www.audubonnaturalist.org 
Host Site Contact:  Alison Pearce, Alison.Pearce@anshome.org 
To apply, please visit https://anshome.org/master-naturalist/ 
Dates:  September 18 - November 8, 2017
Days:  Mondays & Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Registration Currently CLOSED

Robinson Nature Center, Columbia, MD (Howard County)
https://www.howardcountymd.gov/RNC
Host Site Contact:  Kelly Vogelpohl, kvogelpohl@howardcountymd.gov

Dates:  March 13 - May 15, 2018
Days:  Tuesdays, 9 am - 4 pm
Registration Opens NOVEMBER 1, 2017

 

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Catonsville, MD (Baltimore County)
https://www.facebook.com/BannekerMuseum 
Host Site Contact:  Winny Tan, wtan@baltimorecountymd.gov or 410-887-1081

Dates:  March 26 - May 21, 2018
Days:  Mondays, 9:30 am - 4 pm; plus 2 Fridays, April 20 & May 11
Registration Opens DECEMBER 1, 2017

 

 

Past Trainings:

2017:

Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)/Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Baltimore, MD (Baltimore County)
http://lakeroland.org/
http://www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org
Host Site Contacts:  Shannon Davis,  sdavis@baltimorecountymd.gov (Lake Roland)
and Winny Tan/Jessica Jeannetta, info@oregonridgenaturecenter.org  (Oregon Ridge)
Dates:  March 27 - May 22, 2017 (except April 10)
Days:  Mondays, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm and two Saturdays, April 29 & May 20

Montgomery Parks (Montgomery County)
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/events/master-naturalist-training/ 
Host Site Contact:  Jackie Raiford, jacqueline.raiford@montgomeryparks.org (Locust Grove Nature Center)
Dates:  March 6 - June 12, 2017
Days:  Mondays, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm (except April 10 & 17)

 

2016:

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park/Robinson Nature Center, Catonsville, MD/Columbia, MD (Howard County & Baltimore County)
https://benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com/ 
http://www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm
Host Site Contacts:  Justine Schaeffer, jschaeffer@baltimorecountymd.gov (Banneker) and Kelly Vogelpohl, kvogelpohl@howardcountymd.gov (Robinson)
Dates:  March 15 - May 17, 2016
Days:  Tuesdays, 9 am - 4 pm

MNCPPC/Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD (Montgomery County)
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/nature_centers/brookside/ 
Please note:  This is Brookside NATURE CENTER and NOT Brookside Gardens
Host Site Contact:  Geri Drymalski, geri.drymalski@montgomeryparks.org 
Dates:  March 18 - May 20, 2016
Days:  Alternate and consecutive Fridays & Saturdays, 9 am - 4 pm, one evening (April 14) Please confirm calendar with Host Site Contact listed above when applying to this program

Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park)/Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Baltimore, MD (Baltimore County)
http://lakeroland.org/
http://www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org
Host Site Contacts:  Shannon Davis,  sdavis@baltimorecountymd.gov (Lake Roland)
and Winny Tan, wtan@baltimorecountymd.gov (Oregon Ridge)
Dates:  April 4 - May 23, 2016
Days:  Mondays, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm and two Saturdays, April 16 & May 21 

Lake Roland (formerly Robert E. Lee Park) (Baltimore County)
http://lakeroland.org/
Host Site Contact:  Shannon Davis,  sdavis@baltimorecountymd.gov
Dates:  April 12 - June 18, 2016
Days:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm and two Saturdays per month (please email Shannon for details)

Hashawha Environmental Center/Bear Branch Nature Center (Carroll County)
http://ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/recpark/hashawha/
Host Site Contacts:  Dawn Harry, dharry@ccg.carr.org (for Hashawha EC) and Maddie Koenig, mkoenig@ccg.carr.org (Bear Branch NC)
Dates:  April 17 - November 20, 2016
Days:  Third Sunday of Each Month, 9:oo am - 4:00 pm, plus 1 Saturday Field Trip TBA

Fountain Rock Park Nature Center, Walkersville, MD (Frederick County) 
https://fountainrock.wordpress.com/frederick-county-nature-council/ 
Host Site Contact: Kelly Ketzenberger, kketzenberger@frederickcountymd.gov 
Dates:  September 12 - December 5, 2016 (Dec. 12 make-up day if necessary) 
Days:  Mondays, 9 am - 3:30 pm

Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD (Montgomery County)
http://www.audubonnaturalist.org 
Host Site Contact:  Alison Pearce, Alison.Pearce@anshome.org 
To apply, please visit www.anshome.org/masternaturalist 
Dates:  September 27 - November 10, 2016
Days:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm


2015:

Howard County Conservancy at Belmont, Elkridge, MD (Howard County)
http://www.hcconservancy.org
Host Site Contacts:  Carole Veihmeyer, carole.veihmeyer@hcconservancy.org and Ryan Gradel, ryan.gradel@hcconservancy.org
Dates:  February 18 - April 15, 2015 (no class April 1), Field Trip March 28
Days:  Wednesdays, 9 am - 4 pm

MNCPPC/Brookside Nature Center, Wheaton, MD (Montgomery County)
http://www.montgomeryparks.org/nature_centers/brookside/
Host Site Contact:  Geri Drymalski, geri.drymalski@montgomeryparks.org
Dates:  March 21 - May 16, 2015
Days:  Alternate Fridays & Saturdays, 9 am - 4 pm, one evening (May 1)

Robert E. Lee Park/Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Baltimore, MD (Baltimore County)
http://www.relpnc.org
http://www.oregonridgenaturecenter.org
Host Site Contacts:  Shannon Davis of Robert E. Lee Park sdavis@baltimorecountymd.gov
and Winny Tan of Oregon Ridge Nature Center at wtan@baltimorecountymd.gov
Dates:  March 23 - May 18, 2015
Days:  Mondays, 9:30 am - 4 pm (no class April 6) and two Saturdays, April 25 & May 16

University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
www.udc.edu 
Host Site Contact:  Dwane Jones, Dwane.Jones@udc.edu  
Dates:  July 14 - August 25
Days:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD (Montgomery County)
http://www.audubonnaturalist.org 
Host Site Contact:  Alison Pearce, Alison.Pearce@anshome.org 
Dates:  September 22 - November 5, 2015
Days:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm


2014:

Catoctin Creek Nature Center/Fountain Rock Nature Center, Middletown, MD/Walkersville, MD (Frederick County)
http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=4069 http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=2934
Host Site Contacts: Susan Matthews of Catoctin Creek NC smatthews@frederickcountymd.gov, and Kelly Ketzenberger of Fountain Rock NC kketzenberger@frederickcountymd.gov
Dates:  September 8 - December 8, 2014
Days:  Mondays, 9 am - 3 pm

Anita C. Leight Estuary Center/Eden Mill Nature Center, Abingdon/Pylesville, MD (Harford County) http://www.otterpointcreek.org/ http://www.edenmill.org/
Host Site Contact:  Kriste Garman of Anita C. Leight Estuary Center and Aimee Dunn of Eden Mill Nature Center aldunn@harfordcountymd.gov 
Dates:  September 8 - October 13, 2014
Days:  Mondays,  9 am - 3:30 pm and 3 Saturdays, 9 am - 5:30 pm

Irvine Nature Center/Masonville Cove Environmental Center/National Aquarium, Baltimore County/Baltimore City
http://www.ExploreNature.org
http://www.MasonvilleCove.org
http://www.aqua.org
Host Site Contacts:  Courtney Sagal of Irvine Nature Center CourtneySagal@ExploreNature.org and Stephanie Mathias of National Aquarium smathias@aqua.org  
Dates:  September 9 - October 21, 2014
Days:  Tuesdays, 9 am - 5 pm, and Saturday October 18, 9 am - 5 pm

Cromwell Valley Park/Marshy Point Nature Center, Baltimore, MD (Baltimore County) http://www.cromwellvalleypark.org/index.html
Host Site Contacts:  Gina Dotterweich of Cromwell Valley Park gianina@cromwellvalleypark.org and Ben Porter of Marshy Point Nature Center bporter@baltimorecountymd.gov
Dates:  September 20 - November 22, 2014
Days:  Saturdays, 9 am - 3 pm

Audubon Naturalist Society, Chevy Chase, MD (Montgomery County)
http://www.audubonnaturalist.org/index.php/nature-programs/adults/master-naturalist-training
Host Site Contact:  Pam Herrick Pam.Herrick@anshome.org
Dates:  October 2 - November 14, 2014
Days:  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park/Robinson Nature Center, Catonsville, MD/Columbia, MD (Howard County & Baltimore County)
https://benjaminbanneker.wordpress.com/ 
http://www.howardcountymd.gov/robinsonnaturecenter.htm 

Cromwell Valley Park/Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Baltimore, MD
http://www.cromwellvalleypark.org/index.html
http://www.oregonridge.org/

Cylburn Arboretum, Baltimore, MD
http://www.cylburnassociation.org/ 

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