Become a Maryland Master Naturalist!
Registration for the Class of 2021 Now Open!
(Registration closes February 1st or when the class is full.)
Classes are held February – June 2021
at the American Chestnut Land Trust*
*NOTE: Classes will be held online until it is safe to meet in person.
Share your love of nature! A “Master Naturalist” is a citizen scientist who is dedicated to the care and conservation of Maryland’s natural environment. Certified Master Naturalists share their knowledge with the community through guided hikes and canoe trips, create and improve habitat for wildlife, work with scientists to monitor the health of our land and waterways, find and help remove invasive species that are damaging our native plants, and so much more!
Maryland Master Naturalist Class
- Classes will take place on Monday evenings from 6-9 pm from late-February through the beginning of June. Classes are normally held at the ACLT office in Prince Frederick; however, until it is safe to meet in person, all classes will be held online. The class schedule will be adjusted for the Memorial Day holiday.
- The following additional classes/field trips will be held in addition to the regular schedule (dates to be determined):
- Herp Hunt
- Ornithology Field Trip
- Dendrology Field Trip
- Canoe Trip on Parkers Creek
- Classes cover Maryland natural history topics such as geology, birds, mammals, Chesapeake Bay issues, fresh and saltwater ecology, tree identification, and many more.
- To become and remain certified as a Maryland Master Naturalist, participants must complete at least 40 volunteer service hours per year. Time well spent improving wildlife habitat, helping with research projects, caring for the land and helping the natural world, and educating the public!
- The class fee is $250 and is not due until after acceptance into the program. Limited scholarships are available based on need. Email Autumn Phillips-Lewis, Land Manager, if you wish to request financial assistance.
Ready to Apply? Click here to complete the application online.
OR mail it to: ACLT, P.O. Box 2363, Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Registration closes on February 1st or when the class is full.
Want to know what the class experience is like? Check out our blog post from former ACLT staff member Mike Molina.
Have questions about the 2021 class? Contact ACLT Land Manager and Program Coordinator, Autumn Phillips-Lewis, at 410-414-3400 or at firstname.lastname@example.org