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+)

Moss Workshop - CLASS IS FULL

Banneker Historical Park & Museum

$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! This moss class recently appeared in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/moss-is-no-weed-its-a-brilliant-addition-to-the-garden/2019/01/08/0d5ccc98-0f8c-11e9-831f-3aa2c2be4cbd_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.844fb21696f5 Cost: $10 REGISTER TO ATTEND AND PAY ONLINE: https://marylandnature.org/events/ Leaders: Charles Davis is a professional field ecologist who specializes in rare plant inventories. He and his wife, Linda Davis, have inventoried mosses and liverworts for the National Park Service at Great Falls Park, Virginia, and at Piscataway Park and Fort Washington Park in Maryland. The Natural History Society of Maryland is a volunteer-led, non-profit organization, so the fee you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible. Thank you for your support! Donate or become a member: https://marylandnature.org/support-maryland-nature/

Moss Workshop - CLASS IS FULL

Banneker Historical Park & Museum

$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! Please register and pay online at: http://marylandnature.org/events .

Nature Connections: Bears!

Natural History Society of Maryland

Bears! Our next Nature Connections is all about bears! Have you ever wondered about the bear population of North America? Did you know that North America has almost 40% of all the bear diversity in the world? At this event we will be exploring everything about bears. There will be a special presentation be the NHSM’s mammal curator Steve Sheffield. We will also explore bears through a variety of engaging crafts and games. Featured Presentation 1:15 pm: Bears by Steve Sheffield, Ph.D., Curator of Mammals Steve Sheffield will lead an engaging discussion on North American Bears. His talk will encompass the ecology, natural history, and conservation status of each species of bear. Steve Sheffield is the NHSM Curator of Mammals. He is a professor of Biology at Bowie State University, Bowie, MD. He holds degrees from SUNY-Oswego (Zoology), University of Maryland (Wildlife ecology), and Oklahoma State (Zoology). Natural History Society of Maryland hopes to see you there! *** Note: "Member" refers to being a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland NOT a member of the Natural History Society's Meetup page. We hope you consider becoming a member of NHSM, please follow this link to join; https://marylandnature.org/support-maryland-nature/ The Natural History Society of Maryland is a volunteer-led non-profit organization. Please consider donating or becoming a member of the Natural History Society of Maryland and visit www.marylandnature.org for more information. Thank you for your support! Photo Credit: Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith, via Wikimedia Commons

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: Register and pay online at www.marylandnature.org/events. Members of the Natural History Society of Maryland - $15 for both sessions this month, paid at the first session. Individual sessions for non-members and members - $10. Become a member at www.marylandnature.org (http://www.marylandnature.org/) (individual $25; family $35). 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 - Cardinal Flower - Lobelia cardinalis

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