Become a Maryland Master Naturalist with the Anacostia Watershed Society!

Do you like learning about birds, trees, and insects?  Are you eager to meet others who share your enjoyment of the outdoors? Are you looking to get involved in protecting and restoring the natural world?  This is the program for you!  To find out more, read below.

What is the Maryland Master Naturalist Program?
The Maryland Master Naturalist Program is a state-wide training program for volunteers who want to learn more about the natural world and participate in hands-on efforts to protect and restore the local environment.

 When and where will the program be held?
The first portion of the program consists of 60 hours of training led by experts in the field.

  • Location: Anacostia Watershed Society – 4302 Baltimore Ave. Bladensburg, MD 20710
  • Dates: 2nd Saturday of each month, June 2020 – May 2021
  • Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Cost: $250 – includes classroom training, field trips, and an in-depth volunteer manual

Topics include: An introduction to Maryland’s natural history, an exploration of how humans have impacted the Anacostia River, the “science of science”, the basics of teaching and interpretation, and an introduction to birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, fungi, and plants.

Participants will take part in boat trips, paddles, and field trips to local areas!

The second portion of the program consists of completing 40 volunteer hours with AWS (May 2021 – December 2022).

How do I apply?
Applications for the program must be submitted to or mailed to the address above, February 1st – March 31st.  To view and print an application yourself, visit the webpage:

To request an application by email or mail, or if you have questions, call 301-699-6204 ext. 112 or email