Master Naturalist Program Starts September 10

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The Illinois Master Naturalist program is a growing network of well-informed citizens dedicated to natural resource education, and service within their communities. The ten week program offers education, training, and service opportunities for adult volunteers interested in environmental studies. The program includes field experiences that reinforce classroom learning and provides hands-on experiences.

The curriculum includes 12 basic topics:

Forestry
Soils
Geology
Illinois Natural Divisions
Mammals
Urban Wildlife
Illinois Prairie
Ornithology
Entomology
Herpetology
Environmental Ethics
Illinois Rivers and Wetlands

Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion and Washington counties Master Naturalist classes meet once a week on Tuesdays at a variety of locations to insure participants are immersed in multiple habitats throughout training. Students from previous years share that they enjoy the rotation of teaching sites.

One participant said, “I have learned of so many natural areas that I was un-aware of.” “Just being in a natural setting has inspired me to learn more about Southern Illinois natural areas” stated another student. Classes begin, Tuesday, September 10 and run through Tuesday, November 12. Individuals from counties who don’t host a Master Naturalist training are welcome to participate. Residence in Bond, Clinton, Jefferson, Marion or Washington counties is not required.

The Master Naturalist program provides opportunities to

Connect kids and adults with nature by assisting in interpretive and educational programs.

Engage people of all ages in community stewardship practices

Participate in Citizen Science programs

Learn from professional Natural Resource educators in the field and the classroom.

Any adult (18 years or older) who loves the outdoors, has a concern for the local environment and wants to provide education and service to help your local community will benefit from this program. You do not need to have a college degree or years of experience. You need to have a sincere desire to learn and share information about nature to the community through Extension projects and programing.

Visit: https://extension.illinois.edu/bcjmw/events to register online or call 618-526-4551 or 618-242-0780 for additional information or reasonable accommodations.

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