What we're about

Join the Natural History Society of Maryland to meet other nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, naturalists, and similarly inquisitive minds. We offer a wide variety of programs for the beginner to the advanced naturalist, and from informal social events to in-depth courses.

Everyone is welcome, but membership offers many free programs and discounts on others. So join us in a search for reptiles and amphibians, a canoe trip on the Chesapeake Bay, or to learn everything there is to know about Maryland dragonflies - it's up to you!

The mission of the Natural History Society of Maryland is to foster stewardship of Maryland's natural heritage by conserving its natural history collections, educating its citizenry, and inspiring its youth to pursue careers in the natural sciences.

The Natural History Society of Maryland (NHSM) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1929. Its extensive collections of Maryland flora, fauna, fossils, and minerals, dating back to the early 1800's, are a rare and valuable asset to the State of Maryland. Help us build The Maryland Naturalist Center.

Membership
Individual $25.00
Family $35.00
Contributing $65.00
Sustaining $120.00

Join Now! Follow this link to our website and become a member.

Or send a check or money order to:
The Natural History Society of Maryland
P.O. Box 18750
6908 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21206

Be sure to include your contact information. Thank you for joining!

Upcoming events (5)

Reptile Husbandry Basics and Common Pitfalls

Online event

$5.00

Have you or someone in your household dreamed of caring for a snake, turtle, or lizard – but felt intimidated or never had the time? This could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Join herpetologist and NHSM Curator, and home reptile keeper, Tom Scollins via Zoom to learn Reptile Husbandry Basics and Common Pitfalls. Taking on the care of any animal is a sacred responsibility and honor. Before bringing any animal into your home, please make sure that you have the proper education. NHSM hopes that this presentation helps guide your relationship with reptiles. Reptiles require very specific husbandry (care, food, shelter). The key to keeping a reptile healthy is to provide an environment close to that species’ natural environment, including temperature range, humidity level, light cycle, and landscape. Proper nutrition is also essential. The suggested donation for this event is $5. NHSM understands that the pandemic has adversely impacted many. It shouldn’t impact access to education. Therefore, a free option is also available. Go to this website address to register: https://www.marylandnature.org/get-involved/events/event/reptile-husbandry-basics-and-common-pitfalls/ Please note that this is a 2-Step Registration Process. Once registered, a confirmation email will contain a link to register via Zoom. You will need to register via Zoom in order to receive the credentials you will need to access the meeting. We apologize for the inconvenience, but this is an added layer of security. Contact [masked] with any questions.

What's this plant?

Maryland Naturalist Center

Learn to identify plants in an informal setting with other inquisitive people and a botanist who can answer your questions. Bring a plant or twig from your own backyard. Or look at one from an ongoing inventory of the Baltimore County Ag Center. All experience levels are welcome. We’ll have botany books, hand lenses, dried plant specimens, and a microscope available for you to use. Cost: $10 - Register and pay online at: https://www.marylandnature.org/get-involved/events/event/whats-this-plant-48/ Leaders: The sessions will be facilitated by Charlie Davis and Judy Fulton. Charlie is a professional field ecologist who specializes in plants. Judy is a Master Gardener who is conducting a plant inventory at the Baltimore County Center for MD Agricultural and Farm Park. Both Charlie and Judy are volunteers, so your money for these sessions will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible. Photo credit: Judy Fulton - Asclepias lanceolata

What's this plant?

Maryland Naturalist Center

Learn to identify plants in an informal setting with other inquisitive people and a botanist who can answer your questions. Bring a plant or twig from your own backyard. Or look at one from an ongoing inventory of the Baltimore County Ag Center. All experience levels are welcome. We’ll have botany books, hand lenses, dried plant specimens, and a microscope available for you to use. Cost: $10 - Register and pay online at: https://www.marylandnature.org/get-involved/events/event/whats-this-plant-49/ Leaders: The sessions will be facilitated by Charlie Davis and Judy Fulton. Charlie is a professional field ecologist who specializes in plants. Judy is a Master Gardener who is conducting a plant inventory at the Baltimore County Center for MD Agricultural and Farm Park. Both Charlie and Judy are volunteers, so your money for these sessions will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible. Photo credit: Judy Fulton - Asclepias lanceolata

Moss Workshop

Natural History Society of Maryland

$10.00

If mosses intrigue you when you hike but you wonder exactly what you are seeing, this is your chance to figure it out in a fun environment. On the last Saturday of each month, we'll take a closer look at a moss or two and work together to identify them. We'll introduce you to the vocabulary and work through moss keys together. A walk down your street will never be the same! Newcomers will spend the first hour outside, looking at mosses and learning some basics about their life history. Then we'll join the regular attendees inside and use microscopes to look closer at what we find. Cost: $10 Please register and pay online at: https://www.marylandnature.org/get-involved/events/event/moss-workshop-56/ Leaders: The sessions will be facilitated by Charlie Davis and Linda Davis. The Davises have been offering these workshops since 2009. Charlie is a professional field ecologist who specializes in plants. Charlie and Linda have inventoried mosses for the National Park Service at Piscataway Park, Fort Washington Park, and Great Falls Park. Both Charlie and Linda are volunteers, so your money for these sessions will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible.

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