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Environmental Groups in Maryland

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State Level Organizations

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
888-728-3229
Mission: Save the Bay®, and keep it saved, as defined by reaching a 70 on CBF’s Health Index.

Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
410-777-9530
Mission: The Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) encourages, engages and empowers our community to understand, responsibly use and promote the natural world.

Environmental Groups in West Maryland

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Sierra Club – Western MD Group
Allegany and Garrett Counties
301-264-4162
Mission: To explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.

Izaak Walton League of America – Washington County Chapter
Clear Spring
301-582-4118
Mission: To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources; including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Izaak Walton League of America – Woodmont Chapter
Hancock
301-678-7924
Mission: To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources; including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Upper Potomac Riverkeeper
Williamsport
443-480-8970
Mission: We work to protect the public’s right to clean water in our rivers and streams. We stop pollution to promote safe drinking water, protect healthy river habitats, and enhance public use and enjoyment.

Environmental Groups in North Central Maryland

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Izaak Walton League of America – Harford County Chapter
Abingdon
410-676-6455
Mission: To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources; including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

National Aquarium
Baltimore
410-576-3800
Mission: At the National Aquarium, our core values form the basis for our beliefs about our organization, our colleagues, and ourselves, and serve as the framework to guide our behavior and actions to achieve our mission: to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.

Sierra Club – Greater Baltimore Group
Baltimore
240-764-5307
Mission: To explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.

Clean Water Action Maryland
Baltimore
410-235-8808
Mission: Clean Water Action works in Maryland to protect clean, safe and affordable water, prevent health threatening pollution, create environmentally safe jobs and businesses, and empower people to make democracy work.

Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper
Baltimore
410-254-1577
Mission: Blue Water Baltimore is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities.

The Climate Reality Project: Baltimore Area, MD Chapter
Baltimore
Mission: Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

Sierra Club – Howard County Group
Ellicott City
240-764-5307
Mission: To explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.

Sierra Club – Catoctin Group
Lutherville
443-465-1660
Mission: To explore, enjoy and protect the planet. To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out those objectives.

Izaak Walton League of America – Mount Airy Chapter
Mt. Airy
301-448-6753
Mission: To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources; including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Wildlife Achievement Chapter, Inc.
Mt. Airy
301-253-2384
Mission: To strive for the purity of water, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources;
to know the beauty and understanding of nature, and the value of wildlife, woodlands and open space;
to the preservation of this heritage and to man’s sharing in it

Gunpowder Riverkeeper
Parkton
410-967-3526
Mission: Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® is a grassroots, advocacy based, non-profit, tax-exempt 501 (c) ) (3) membership organization charged with protecting, conserving and restoring the Gunpowder river and its watershed. As a member of the WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE® we take a proactive role in safeguarding the river from threats to the health and stability of the watershed by conducting scientific monitoring of the river to ensure that it is being properly regulated by the county, state and federal entities charged with enforcing Clean water Act regulations.

Izaak Walton League of America – Sportsman’s Chapter
Pylesville
410-838-0302
Mission: To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources; including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

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Sierra Club – Anne Arundel County Group
Annapolis
410-295-5024
Mission: Focuses on local issues: land use, stormwater management, protecting natural resources, promoting renewable energy, testifying on local and state legislation and endorsing environmentally friendly candidates who represent us in the State, County, and City of Annapolis.

Maryland League of Conservation Voters
Annapolis
410-280-9855
Mission: The Maryland League of Conservation Voters is the political voice of the environmental community advocating for sound conservation policies, promoting pro-environment candidates and holding elected officials and appointed leaders accountable for protecting and restoring the environment.

Severn Riverkeeper
Annapolis
410-849-2329
Mission: The mission of the Severn Riverkeeper Program is to protect and restore the Severn River for our families and future generations. Our goal is to reduce pollution, muddy runoff, contamination, and loss of habitat so that the Severn is removed from EPA’s “impaired waterways” list and is once again safe and swimmable.

The Nature Conservancy in Maryland / DC
Bethesda
301-897-8570
Mission: Our work is focused on two areas where our outcomes can have the greatest impact: protecting clean water and tackling climate change. Our efforts span the region, from western Maryland’s Central Appalachian forests to our nation’s capital and beyond to the Chesapeake Bay.

Sierra Club – Montgomery County
Bethesda
240-764-5307
Mission: The Montgomery County Maryland Group focuses on local issues, including improving public transit, maintaining clean water sources, supporting and monitoring the county’s Climate Protection Plan, and endorsing and supporting green candidates.

Sierra Club – Southern Maryland Group
Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties
240-764-5307
Mission: “”EXPLORE” our beautiful rural home!scenic view
“”ENJOY”” the outdoors with friends old and new!
“”PROTECT”” Conservation Issues in Southern Maryland!”

Sierra Club – Maryland Chapter
College Park
301-277-7111
Mission: The Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Inspired by nature, we are 2.1 million of your friends and neighbors, working together to protect our communities and the planet.

Sierra Club – Prince George’s County Group
College Park
301-277-0600
Mission: The Prince George’s Sierra Club Group is comprised of Sierra Club members who live in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The county’s main waterways include the Patuxent, Potomac, and Anacostia Rivers.

South Riverkeeper
Edgewater
410-224-3802
Mission: The Arundel Rivers Federation uses science, restoration and community action to make the South, West and Rhode Rivers cleaner and healthier. We envision clean, fishable, swimmable waterways for our local communities.

West/Rhode Riverkeeper
Edgewater
443-758-7797
Mission: West/Rhode Riverkeeper works to protect families and communities by stopping pollution. We strive for healthy and safe rivers and streams. We work together with communities to enforce environmental law, promote restoration, and advocate for better environmental policy. Join West/Rhode Riverkeeper in protecting the right of our families and communities to enjoy clean and safe water.

Izaak Walton League of America – Lois Green Sligo Chapter
Gaithersburg
301-330-5970
Mission: The activities of the Lois Green – Sligo Chapter supports the dual missions of environmental education and conservation of our Chapter grounds. Our recent educational efforts focus on water conservation on a micro level through the construction and use of rain barrels and Save-Our-Streams workshops. We host Scouting, youth and Civil Air Patrol meetings and activities, including Eagle Scout, Gold Award projects opportunities.

The Climate Reality Project: Montgomery County, MD Chapter
Gaithersburg
Mission: Our mission is to catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

The Izaak Walton League of America – Rockville Chapter
Germantown
301-916-9191
Mission: We are a group of men and women committed to conserving our natural heritage and promoting outdoor recreation. We focus on giving young people the opportunity to learn about conservation, and the importance of conservation to our nation’s future, and to outdoor activities such as fishing, shooting, archery, and camping. Activities tailored to our general membership include indoor and outdoor pistol leagues, rifle league, black powder league, and fly tying/fishing.

Izaak Walton League of America – Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter
Poolesville
301-972-8913
Mission: Defenders of Soil, Air, Woods, Waters and Wildlife.

Mid Atlantic Region Environmental Professionals
Rockville
Mission: To provide opportunity for professional development and environmental awareness for environmental professionals, organizations and the community of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.

Patuxent Riverkeeper
Upper Marlboro
855-725-2925
Mission: To conserve, protect and replenish Maryland’s longest and deepest intrastate waterway. Through strategic advocacy, restoration and education, our goal is long-term sustainability for the ecosystem of the entire Patuxent River basin and the people who rely on its future.

Environmental Groups in East Maryland

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Assateague Coastkeeper
Berlin
410-629-1538
Mission: The Assateague Coastal Trust’s mission is to promote and encourage the protection of the health, productivity, and sustainability of the coastal bays watershed of Delmarva through advocacy, education and conservation.

Chester Riverkeeper
Chestertown
410-810-7556
Mission: ShoreRivers protects and restores Eastern Shore waterways through science-based advocacy, restoration, and education. We work collaboratively with our community yet maintain an uncompromosing voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support.

Choptank Riverkeeper
Easton
814-881-2165
Mission: The Choptank Riverkeeper and ShoreRivers are dedicated to protecting and restoring the Choptank River.

Miles-Wye Riverkeeper
Easton
443-385-0511
Mission: Part of the ShoreRivers team, the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper is dedicated to the restoration and protection of the waterways the comprise the watersheds of the Miles and Wye Rivers and Eastern Bay. As a Riverkeeper, Elle Bassett works at every level to restore and protect the these waterways and to advance clean water policy. She provides on the water vigilance and regularly patrols these rivers, ready to combat illegal pollution and serve as guardian for these living resources.
ShoreRivers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to clean water on the upper and middle eastern shore of Maryland. With three regional offices, ShoreRivers is home to the Sassafras Riverkeeper, Chester Riverkeeper, Miles-Wye Riverkeeper, and Choptank Riverkeeper. To learn more about ShoreRivers.

Sassafras Riverkeeper
Galena
410-810-7556
Mission: A Sassafras River watershed with healthy water quality, a healthy natural shoreline, a balance among recreation, wildlife, and economic activity, and an educated public eager to restore and maintain the health of the watershed.

Izaak Walton League of America – Mid-Shore Chapter
Trappe
410-820-8935
Mission: The mission is to preserve outdoor America for future generations through education and active conservation measures to protect soil, air, woods, waters and wildlife.

Environmental Groups in United States

1% for the Planet...A global network of businesses, nonprofits and individuals working together for a healthy planet. More than $175 Million dollars given back to the environment.

314 Action- 314 Action was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists who believe in science.  We are committed to electing more STEM candidates to office, advocating for evidence-based policy solutions to issues like climate change, and fighting the Trump administration's attacks on science.

350.org- 350 is building a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of climate change.

Association of Environmental Professionals...to be the interdisciplinary organization dedicated to developing the highest standards of ethics and proficiency in the environmental professions.

American Bird Conservancy...to conserve native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. Our commitment to bird conservation remains absolute, even while some other groups shift their mission to prioritize people over wildlife. We believe unequivocally that conserving birds and their habitats benefits all other species — including people.

American Farmland Trust...to save the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.

Audubon ...to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Center for Biological Diversity...At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

Citizens Climate Lobby...Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

Clean Water Action...To protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems.

Conservation International...Building upon a strong foundation of science, partnership and field demonstration, CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity.

Conservation Land Foundation..to protect, restore and expand the National Conservation Lands through education, advocacy and partnerships.

Earth Island Institute...Earth Island Institute has been a hub for grassroots campaigns dedicated to conserving, preserving, and restoring the ecosystems on which our civilization depends.

Earth Justice...Earthjustice was created by a small group of attorneys with a passionate belief that the power of the law could be used to preserve the environment.

Earth Watch Institute...To engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.

Earthworks... Earthworks is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of mineral and energy development while promoting sustainable solutions. Earthworks stands for clean air, water and land, healthy communities, and corporate accountability. We work for solutions that protect both the Earth’s resources and our communities.

Environment America...Through Environment America, you protect the places we love and promote core environmental values, such as clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and clean energy to power our lives.

Environmental Defense Fund...to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends.

Environmental Working Group...to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.

Forest Stewardship Council...to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests.

Friends of the Earth...fights to protect our environment and create a healthy and just world.

Great Old Broads for Wilderness ... is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands.

Green America... to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

Green Latinos...a national non-profit organization that convenes a broad coalition of Latino leaders committed to addressing national, regional and local environmental, natural resources and conservation issues that significantly affect the health and welfare of the Latino community in the United States.

Greenpeace ...Greenpeace is a global, independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

Greenpeace Fund... campaign on a variety of issues, centering on the following: Stop climate change, Defend our oceans, Protect ancient forest, Say no to genetic engineering, Eliminate toxic chemicals, End the nuclear age, Encourage sustainable trade and agriculture, Demand peace and disarmament.

Interfaith Power & Light - Interfaith Power & Light inspires and mobilizes people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change.

International Rivers...protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. We work to stop destructive dams and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world.

Izaak Walton League...To conserve, restore, and promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our natural resources, including soil, air, woods, waters, and wildlife.

Land Trust Alliance...To save the places people need and love by strengthening land conservation across America.

League of Conservation Voters...works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, as part of the Conservation Voter Movement along our state LCV partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environment candidates who will champion our priority issues.

National Geographic Society...The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that pushes the boundaries of exploration to further our understanding of our planet and empower us all to generate solutions for a more sustainable future.

National Parks Conservation Association... protecting and enhancing America's National Park System for present and future generations.

National Wildlife Federation ...We believe America’s experience with cherished landscapes and wildlife has helped define and shape our national character and identity for generations. Protecting these natural resources is a cause that has long united Americans from all walks of life and political stripes. To hunters, anglers, hikers, birders, wildlife watchers, boaters, climbers, campers, cyclists, gardeners, farmers, forest stewards, and other outdoor enthusiasts, this conservation ethic represents a sacred duty and obligation to protect and build upon our conservation heritage for the sake of wildlife, ourselves, our neighbors, and—most of all—for future generations.

Natural Resource Defense Council...NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

Ocean Conservancy... Ocean Conservancy is working with you to protect the ocean from today’s greatest global challenges.
Together, we create science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the the wildlife and communities that depend on it.

Polar Bears International...to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate.

Rainforest Action Network... preserves forests, protects the climate and upholds human rights by challenging corporate power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic campaigns.

Rocky Mountain Institute... (RMI)’s mission is to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.

Stand.Earth...believes that protecting our planet is everyone’s business. Because of our work, environmentally responsible businesses and governments will thrive. Natural systems will be protected, and the people and wildlife that depend on them will prosper. Markets will be more transparent and ethical.

The Climate Reality Project...To catalyze a global solution to the climate crisis by making urgent action a necessity across every level of society.

The Nature Conservancy...to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

UN Environment Programme...to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

Waterkeeper Alliance...strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development...to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world by making more sustainable businesses more successful.

World Watch Institute...Through research and outreach that inspire action, the Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs. The Institute’s top mission objectives are universal access to renewable energy and nutritious food, expansion of environmentally sound jobs and development, transformation of cultures from consumerism to sustainability, and an early end to population growth through healthy and intentional childbearing.

World Wildlife Fund...to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.