Maryland is rich in topography: forests, mountains (such as Spook Hill), lakes, the Chesapeake Bay watershed, marshes, and more. On this page you’ll find information about our state’s (and Baltimore County’s) resources regarding our forests and how we care for our environment.
Baltimore Region/Baltimore County
- Back River Restoration Committee, Inc.
- Birders’ Guide to Maryland and DC: Oregon Ridge Park.
- Black Marsh Trail Loop: Great 2 mile walk near Sparrow’s Point.
- Blue Water Baltimore: Watersheds.
- Deer Herd Management: Baltimore County Government
- Forests and Trees: Baltimore County Government
- Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
- Lake Roland Nature Center: Baltimore
- Loch Raven Trails at lochraventrails.com (the resources links on this site provide a wealth of information).
- Marshy Point Nature Center
- Nature, Agriculture and Environmental Centers: Baltimore County Government.
- Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville.
Loch Raven Flyover: 6:09 minutes
- Best Trails in Maryland: AllTrails Free hiking/biking App: AllTrails has 927 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers.
- Birder’s Guide to Maryland & DC: The Maryland Ornithological Society (MOS) is pleased to present this online guide to the best birding sites in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Active birders throughout the state have contributed site descriptions to create this guide.
- Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills.
- Links to All Maryland Forestry Boards: Both local and regional.
- List of Nature Centers in Maryland: Wikipedia.
- Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation: With resources for mobile labs, educatiors, students, announcements, and more
- Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- Maryland Forests Association, Inc.
- Maryland Forestry Foundation
- Maryland Tree Farm Program: Maryland Tree Farm System.
- Woodland Stewardship Education: University of Maryland Extension: The Woodland Stewardship Education (WSE) program helps connect woodland property owners to their land. Through a variety of Extension offerings, WSE brings together professionals from such fields as forestry, wildlife ecology, and natural resource management to enable woodland property owners to make sound and informed decisions about managing their land.
- Live Chesapeake Bay Cam of an Osprey Nest. Click here. (Note the goslings, who are not osprey young, leave this nest in 2020. Move cursor up the page to view the video.)
- Big thanks to BGE for helping the Foundation build this osprey platform and install a web cam so that osprey lovers like you might enjoy it. BGE also asks that their customers help them protect ospreys and continue safe and reliable delivery of electricity by letting them know of nests on or near utility equipment by emailing email@example.com. A trained crew will be dispatched to shield the birds from equipment or relocate the nest.
- Eastern Region State and Private Forestry: U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Invasive Forest Plants of the Mid-Atlantic: Penn State Extension.
- Middle Atlantic Coastal Forests: World Wild Life.
- PennState College of Agricultural Sciences: Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
- Project Learning Tree: Washington D.C.
- The Young Forest Project: Growing Wildlife Habitat Together.
9 minute video: How to Grow a Forest in Your Backyard: Shubhendu Sharma, TED Talks. Forests don’t have to be far-flung nature reserves, isolated from human life. Instead, we can grow them right where we are — even in cities. Eco-entrepreneur and TED Fellow Shubhendu Sharma grows ultra-dense, biodiverse mini-forests of native species in urban areas by engineering soil, microbes and biomass to kickstart natural growth processes. Follow along as he describes how to grow a 100-year-old forest in just 10 years, and learn how you can get in on this tiny jungle party.
- Also, Ted Talks: Reconnect With Nature. A series of talks on stunning topics about trees, seas, animals, and spectacular footage.
- Champion Tree National Register-American Forests: Find information about Maryland in the search bar
- Five Ways Forests Benefit Human Health: National Forest Foundation.
- Forestry & Wildland Resources Research Guide: Humboldt State University Library.
- National Association of State Foresters
- National Wildlife Federation: Nature Guides Apps from the apple store. Scroll down after clicking on the link. $9.99 cost to download.
- Maryland Master Naturalist Training: Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- Master Gardener: University of Maryland Extension
- The American Society for Landscape Architects: Sustainable Landscapes with videos
- University of Maryland Extension: General site