Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!
Upper Sioux Agency State Park is hosting a MinnesotaMaster Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning Tuesday, March 26th and running through Thursday, June 6th, 2013.
Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on class with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service. The program offers three classes that correspond to Minnesota's three major ecosystems – entitled 'Big Woods, Big Rivers', 'Prairies and Potholes', and 'Northwoods, Great Lakes'.
This class will cover the natural and cultural history of the 'Prairies and Potholes' Region. We will provide an in-depth overview of the Prairie Ecosystem. Through the class, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a group project.
Most classes will be held Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The first class will be held Tuesday, March 26, 2013 because Thursday the 28 is Maunday Thursday. Classes will run through Thursday, June 6th, 2013. Two Saturday field trips will be on April 27 and May 18. The cost for the class is $200, including materials. Scholarships are available.
Register on-line at www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org, call 1.888.241.4532, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.