Carleton offers Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training

August 22, 2017

The Carleton College Cowling Arboretum will host a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training program beginning Monday, Sept. 18 and running through October 26. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and Thursday evenings in the Cowling Arboretum. Two additional Saturday field trips will take place Sept. 30 and Oct. 14. The cost for the course is $275, including materials. 

Registration is now open and the class is expected to fill up quickly. 

Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course, studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Students will join experts at the Carleton Arboretum to learn about the plants, animals, geology, ecology, and history of the “Big Woods Big Rivers” region. Students will gain valuable tools for exploring the natural world and sharing it with others, and will spend significant portions of each class outside learning and practicing those skills. Additionally, participants will gain stewardship and interpretation skills while working on a team capstone project. 

To learn more about the program or to register online, visit