I had heard of the Maryland Master Gardener program, but I hadn't realized you can also be a Master Naturalist. University of Maryland Extension holds trainings in different parts of the state, and there a few coming up that might be close enough to interest some of you.
- Brookside Gardens, in Montgomery County, will hold a training March 23-May 10 on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, 9am-4pm.
- There will be one at the Calvert County Extension office, in Prince Frederick, February 11-May 20 on Monday evenings (6-9:30pm) with a few Saturday field trips.
Their main web site is, http://www.masternaturalist.umd.edu/index.cfm, where you'll find the application form and more details.
Instruction includes identification of our regional plants and animals, examination of ecological principals, geological formation of the landscape, and more.