Interested in learning more about the plants and animals in your neighborhood?  Want to meet others who share your enthusiasm?  Looking for ways to get involved in real, hands-on restoration work?

Look no further!

The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) will be hosting the Maryland Master Naturalist program again this summer!

Program dates: June 1st – August 10th (no class July 6th) from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Topics covered during the 60 hour training include local geology, birds, mammals, herps, fish, insects, fungi, plants, and how people have impacted the Anacostia River over time!

We’ll be canoeing, kayaking, and boating on the Anacostia; as well as taking field trips to a number of watershed locations, including: Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, the National Arboretum, Anacostia Park, the Northwest Branch, etc.

Post-training, trainees will complete 40 volunteer hours with AWS doing hands-on work to support a clean, healthy Anacostia River, including: freshwater mussel restoration, wetland restoration, native meadow restoration, tree plantings, etc.

The application period is open until March 31st.

Download the application here; or email Maddie at

Completed applications can be mailed (see below) or emailed (see above) to AWS!

Questions?  Please don’t hesitate to reach out!!

Anacostia Watershed Society
4302 Baltimore Ave.
Bladensburg, MD 20710