Master Naturalist Training at Woodend

The Audubon Naturalist Society is pleased to partner with UMD Extension to offer Maryland Master Naturalist training. This program engages citizens as stewards of Maryland’s ecosystems through science-based education and volunteer service. ANS’s top-notch instructors will provide:

  • 52 hours of training in the ecology, flora, and fauna of Maryland
  • 8 hours of hands-on field work
  • A focus on the natural history of Maryland's Piedmont region
Master Naturalist Program draft syllabus 2019

Click the image to view a draft syllabus. (Syllabus is subject to change without notice.)

Master Naturalist graduates commit 40 hours of volunteer service annually to support our education programs, stewardship of Woodend habitats, and conservation outreach. To be admitted to a training course, you must be at least 18 years old, submit an application, and be interviewed. There is a $250 fee paid to UMD Extension for the cost of materials. Class is limited to 20 students and fills quickly.

DATES: Mondays-Thursdays, September 9-November 2, 2020

  • Application period opens May 15 and the application deadline is July 15.
  • Candidates will be notified of their admissions status by August 15. APPLY HERE

Classes will be held online via Zoom. There will be one topic per day divided into three parts, 45 minutes online, 30 minutes hands-on, offline, 45 minutes online, optional 30 minute student discussion and interaction 30 minutes. (Not more than 3 hours total.) Times are TBD and may vary.

For questions, contact Volunteer@ANShome.org

Current Master Naturalists:
Track your volunteer service by logging into the ANS Volunteer Information Center: