The Maryland Native Plant Society


    • 07/12/2019
    • 07/19/2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Elk Ridge Native Plant Preserve, Garrett County, MD

    Title:Wildflower ID for Beginners

    When: July 12 and July 19 from 9:00 to noon each day

    Instructor: Liz McDowell, Western Mountains Chapter of MNPS

    Interested in knowing the names of the wonderful wildflowers you encounter in forest and field? Then take this class where you’ll learn to actually “key-out” local plants using the popular Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. This hands-on, two-session class is being offered on consecutive Fridays. The week long gap between classes allows participants to practice their skills at home, and return with questions on plants that may have been difficult to identify. The class is limited to five persons and is recommended for teens and adults. The total cost is $25 for MNPS members and $50 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. All proceeds benefit the Maryland Native Plant Society. 

    Registration is required but is not available through this website. For more details or to register, please contact Liz directly by phone at 301-895-3686 or email at

    • 07/14/2019
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

    For adults, although teens 16 years and older may attend.

    Interested in knowing the names of the wonderful wildflowers you encounter in forest and field? Then take this class where you’ll learn to “key-out” local plants using the popular Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide. Other field guides can be used, but the instruction will focus on the terminology and methodology of Newcomb's. This will be an outdoor hands-on class. Geared for adults, but teens 16 or older may attend.

    Please consider buying Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide before the program and reading the introduction. A few copies of the guide and extra lenses will be available to borrow

    Location: Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary,

    Registration is suggested.

    Bring: Water, field guides, hand lens, binoculars, hat, sunscreen.

    Fees: Entrance fee into the park. $6/vehicle


    Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20714


    From the Washington Beltway, take Route 4 South. After 10.5 miles, turn right onto Plummer Lane. In 0.5 miles turn right onto Wrighton Road. In 0.5 miles turn left on the gravel driveway. Continue on the gravel drive about 1 mile to the parking lot. We will meet in the Visitor Center.

    Visit for additional directions

    Contact: Karyn Molines

Irvine Nature Center

Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, DE., is a botanical garden that inspires an appreciation for the beauty and value of native plants. The center offers a number of continuing education classes throughout the year.

If you are interested in learning more about wetlands, check out the courses offered by Environmental Concern, Inc.

The USDA Graduate School has a Natural History Field Studies Program, which includes courses in plant identification and forest ecosystems. Some of our MNPS members are or have been instructors in this program.

The University of Maryland Extension sponsors the Maryland Naturalist Program. Sessions are held in different areas of the State. Check the website,, for program details.

The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC) of Columbia University has online classes for its Certificate in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. For more information, see

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