Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary depends on volunteer naturalists to help run field trips during the week for students from kindergarten to high school in the spring and fall. Naturalists lead small groups of approximately 12 students. We are looking for more naturalists to share their love of nature with the next generation.  We will provide the training about the forest, wetland, stream, and vernal pool — you bring your enthusiasm and desire to get kids outside. Join us on February 27, 10 to noon, for an open house to learn more about our program. 

Contact Sarah Kempfer, Education Coordinator at rpkemp00@aacounty.org or call 410-222-7811.


Jug Bay Wetlands  Sanctuary is located just 20 miles east of Washington DC and 18 miles south of Annapolis. The beautiful Sanctuary is in the tidal reaches of the Patuxent River, it protects  1,700 acres of open water, tidal freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, upland and riparian forest, creeks, meadows, pine and sand barrens, and fields which provide a safe habitat for many plants and animals.  The Sanctuary is one of three components of the Maryland Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERR) – a research, stewardship, and education program administered jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, and Anne Arundel County.

Our mission is to increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation of estuarine and other
natural ecosystems and their conservation through outdoor education, research, stewardship and volunteering.