Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training

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To be held Thursday nights at the Mid-Central Research & Outreach Center in Willmar

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

Mid-Central Research & Outreach Center, Willmar, is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training from 6:30-9 p.m. beginning Thursday, Feb. 23, and running through Thursday, May 3.

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.

The classes will be held Thursday nights from 6:30-9 p.m. from Feb. 23rd, through May 3. Two Saturday field trips will be March 24,

and April 21. The cost for the class is $200, including materials. Scholarships are available. Register on-line at www.Minnesota

MasterNaturalist.org, call Julie or Amy at (888) 241.4532, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota Master Naturalist is supported, in part, by grant ESI-0540358 from the National Science Foundation.