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Maryland Naturalist Center

6908 Belair Rd. · Baltimore, MD

How to find us

Come through the double glass doors at the top of the stairs and ramp.

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Would you like to sharpen your plant ID skills? Join us as we identify specimens collected at the Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park. We’ll use plant keys, hand lenses, microscopes, and reference collections from the Natural History Society of Maryland. This will not be a formal class, but rather an informal time for you to work with other interested people and with researchers conducting the Ag Center inventory. At the moment, participants are having fun identifying flowering plants collected in the spring and summer.

During these labs (September 8 and 22), we will examine and identify the plants, sharing our knowledge as we focus on a variety of plant types, including trees and shrubs, grasses, sedges, and herbaceous plants. After this session we will continue to offer additional labs every second and fourth Monday of the month as the Ag Center project continues through the seasons of the year and the varied habitats at the Baltimore County property.

All levels of experience are welcome—from those with a basic knowledge of how to use a plant key to those who are experienced botanists. Bring a hand lens if you have one; we will have lenses and keys to share.


Members of the Natural History Society of Maryland - $15 for both sessions, paid at the first session; $10 walk-ins for individual sessions.

Non-members of the Natural History Society of Maryland - $10 walk-ins only.

Pay by check or cash at the door.

Become a member at ( (individual $25; family $35).

The sessions will be facilitated by Charlie Davis and Judy Fulton. Charlie is a professional ecologist who is currently inventorying the plants on the cliffs of the Harpers Ferry Historic Park for the National Park Service. Judy is a researcher conducting an inventory at the Ag Center. She’s a Master Gardener and an active member of the Maryland Native Plant Society.

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.