This dynamic conference is for professionals and partner organizations that coordinate, administer, or host training and volunteer programs in natural resource conservation, education, and outreach or for those interested in developing similar programming. The 2019 ANROSP National Conference will be held in Maryland October 1-3. While we'll call conveniently located Columbia, MD our home base, there will be a full day trip to explore the natural, cultural and historic sites in and around the Chesapeake Bay. During this conference, you can expect to gain knowledge from a diverse range of programs, network with colleagues, and obtain valuable tools to enhance your existing program or develop a new one.

Conference Schedule Overview

  • Tuesday, October 1Conference opens at 12:00 pm with lunch and keynote speaker, followed by program presentations and networking session. Dinner on your own.
  • Wednesday, October 2: All day (8 am - 9 pm) field trip to destinations around the Chesapeake Bay area. Lunch and dinner included. Guests welcome, see registration page for fees.
  • Thursday, October 3: Morning ANROSP annual member meeting over breakfast, program presentations, and a short afternoon field trip to Robinson Nature Center (guests welcome). Breakfast and lunch provided. Conference closes at 5:30 pm.

For more detailed information about conference transportation, lodging and logistics, please click here.

REGISTRATION CLOSED  (NOTE: ANROSP members please log in to the website so member options appear)  Registration closed September 6, 2019.

Lodging: Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel, Columbia, MD will be our home base for the conference. Rooms have been blocked at a special conference rate of $119/night + tax until 9/06/19. Reserve your room today.  Or call 1-800-627-7468 and mention the ANROSP Conference.

SUBMIT YOUR POSTER! Submission deadline August 15, 2019. 


We are also seeking sponsors for this year’s meeting. Our attendees include outdoor and environmental educators and volunteers from around the country. Support will allow us to offer scholarships and travel awards to allow more of our members to participate, to allow us to build meaningful connections by underwriting our receptions and networking breaks, and allow us to explore the natural beauty of the state! We’ll demonstrate our appreciation by acknowledging your support on our conference website and outreach and program materials. More information about our sponsorship request and sponsorship levels can be obtained by emailing conference@anrosp.org


Award nominations are not currently being accepted.

At our Annual National Conference, ANROSP member programs will be recognized with awards for program, educational materials, volunteer project, program evaluation, and outstanding teamwork.  Members are encouraged to nominate yourself, your program, group or volunteers for these annual awards. Who understands your work better than you?  Award applications are due August 15th of each year.  For additional information and/or to apply contact info@anrosp.org.

Application guidelines for the five ANROSP award categories below:

Program of the Year

Outstanding Educational Materials

Outstanding Volunteer Project

Outstanding Program Evaluation

Outstanding Team


Click on the recipient's name to learn more about the 2019 award winners. Then, nominate yourself or a colleague for a 2020 Award! Scroll down for nomination instructions.

Outstanding Educational Materials Award:

Minnesota Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Volunteer Project Award:

Maryland Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Team Award:

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Outstanding Evaluation Award:

Florida Master Naturalist Program

Program of the Year Award:
Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program

Scroll down to the bottom of this page for nomination instructions and forms.

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