Environment & Natural Resources

Maryland’s diverse environment ranges from the mountains of the west to the shorelines along the east, and from large urban landscapes to rural forests and lakes. UME’s Environment, Natural Resources, and Sea Grant programs provide educational and technical support to residents who live, work, and play in these areas.

Balancing the economic potential and value of these vastly diverse resources with the need to conserve and protect our natural resources for today and into the future is accomplished through a mix of Extension programs such as Woodlands Stewards, Master Gardener, Master Naturalist, Master Watershed Stewards, Master Loggers, and Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional program graduates. In addition, residents benefit from forestry, home horticulture, environmental landscaping, wildlife, energy, climate, watershed, aquaculture, and seafood expertise at strategic campus, regional, and county locations.

Watch this video to learn more about Environment and Natural Resources programs from University of Maryland Extension and Sea Grant!

Explore our Programs

  • Bins of oysters outside


  • Bay-Wise, Erosion Control, and Rain Garden

    Bay-Wise Program

  • Image of flooding on Maple Dam Road in Dorchester County, Maryland

    Coastal Climate Program

  • Fall forest canopy

    General Forestry Course

  • black eyed susan flowers

    Home and Garden Information Center

  • Maryland Forest Service Logger

    Maryland-Delaware Master Logger Program

  • Ground-mounted solar panels in field

    Maryland Energy Extension

  • Planting in a garden

    Master Gardener Program

  • Master Naturalist Trainees with Binoculars

    Master Naturalist Program

  • Paint Branch stream MD

    Riparian Buffer Systems

  • Underwater Oyster Photo

    Sea Grant

  • Garden design project

    Watershed Protection and Restoration Program

  • Wells, Septics and Water Quality

    Wells, Septic Systems and Water Quality

  • White-tailed deer


  • red fox

    Wildlife Management Course

  • Jonathan Kays leads a Maryland Woodland Stewards field trip.

    Woodland Stewardship Education