SAVE-the-DATE for the 2020 CONFERENCE!

The 2020 ANROSP National Conference will be held September 22-24th at McCormick's Creek State Park in the beautiful hills of south central Indiana.  Please SAVE-the-DATE!  Registration and proposal information will be coming soon.

The theme of the conference was "Conservation at the Confluence: Engaging Diverse Communities in Learning and Service." Held in Columbia, Maryland, Maryland Master Naturalist Program served as the local hosts for this fantastic 3-day professional development and networking opportunity. Sponsors included University of Maryland Extension, Maryland Sea Grant, the Sheraton, and The Outer Office, Inc. 

Keynote addresses were made by Jim Hanson, Associate Dearn and Director of Maryland Extension and Jonathon McKnight, Associate Director of Maryland Department of Natural Resources Natural Heritage Program, was the opening speaker.  Conference attendees were engaged in numerous presentations and visited Adkins Aboretum, Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, and Robinson Nature Center.  There were great opportunities to network and learn about the impact, successes, and advancement of natural resource outreach and service programs throughout the country.

SUBMIT YOUR POSTER! Submission deadline August 15, 2020. 


Please consider sponsoring our 2020 National Conference. 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


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

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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