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Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training to be held at the Carleton College Arboretum

August 4, 2014

Do you enjoy learning about the natural world?  If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!

The Carleton College Aboretum is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning September 15, 2014 and running through October 23, 2014. Registration is now open and the class is expected to fill up quickly.

Master Naturalist Volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners- studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship.

The classes will be held every Monday and Thursday  evenings from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. from September 15 through October 23  at the Carleton College Arboretum.  Two Saturday field trips will be on October 4 and October 18.  The cost for the course is $200, including materials.

This course will cover the natural and cultural history of the ‘Big Woods, Big Rivers’ region.  We will provide an in-depth overview of the deciduous 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 tools to improve these skills.  In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a team project.

To learn more about the program, or register online visit www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org

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.