Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!
Lake Bemidji State Park and the Headwaters Science Center in Bemidji are hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning February 1 and running through April 12, 2010.
Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course 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 courses that correspond to Minnesota’s three major ecosystems — entitled ‘Big Woods, Big Rivers’, ‘Prairies and Potholes’, and ‘Northwoods, Great Lakes’.
This course will cover the natural and cultural history of the ‘Northwoods, Great Lakes’ region. We will provide comprehensive overview of the coniferous forest ecosystem and participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of the region. Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn ways to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a group project.
Ten classes will be held on Mondays, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. from February 1 through April 12, 2010. Two Saturday field trips will be held as well (dates pending). The cost for the course is $200, including materials. Scholarships are available; see registration website for details.
Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota Master Naturalist is supported, in part, by grant ESI-0540358 from the National Science Foundation.