Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Maryland Geological Survey Educational Resources



MGS Library

*Due to our desire to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Maryland Geological Survey is discouraging visits to our building until further notice. Please continue to contact us by phone or email and we will make every effort to help.

The MGS Library is open by appointment only from 12pm (noon) until 4:30pm Monday – Friday. To ensure that a Survey employee is available to assist you, please contact Dale Shelton (410-554-5505 or dale.shelton@maryland.gov) or Katie Knippler (katherine.knippler@maryland.gov) at least two days before your intended visit to schedule an appointment. In order for us to better serve you, let us know in advance about your interests.

DNR Wildlife Trunks

*Due to our desire to protect the health and safety of our community from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Maryland DNR and MGS will suspend our Wildlife Education Trunks until further notice.

Wildlife Education Trunks are available for checkout at the Maryland Geological Survey (MGS) in Baltimore City. The trunks available at MGS include:

  1. White-tailed deer
  2. Black bear
  3. Furbearer (14 species of mammals from foxes to raccoons)
  4. Wild turkey
  5. Growing Up WILD- early childhood kits
  6. Project EduBat Trunk - learn about bats

Trunks can be loaned for up to 2 weeks at a time, pending availability. Persons reserving the trunk will be responsible for picking up and returning the trunk to MGS. Proof of ID is required upon picking up the trunk. For directions/maps to MGS click here.

For information on the trunk contents as well as additional trunk locations, please check this DNR webpage.

To reserve a trunk from the MGS location, please contact:
Dale Shelton: 410-554-5505, dale.shelton@maryland.gov