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Master Naturalists

Master Naturalist leads river tour
 

Master Naturalists are highly trained volunteer educators who share their knowledge and experience with the community. As a Master Naturalist you will experience beautiful natural areas while you learn how to lead fun, hands-on field trips. An intensive training session of about 70 hours is offered each spring.

Previously certified Master Naturalists have said:

"I feel fortunate to have been exposed to your wonderful program."
"I wish the training wasn't over!"
"Excellent program! It has far exceeded my expectations."
"I just love giving programs to the school groups - the support of the Natural Areas staff is fantastic, and the feedback from the children makes my day."

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Master Naturalist Training

Master Naturalist teaching Jr Naturalist
 

Master Naturalists care about natural areas and have fun sharing their enthusiasm with others. During the training presentations by a variety of experts, field trips to natural areas, and opportunities to practice techniques provide naturalist trainees with the skills they need to lead fun, fact-filled, and meaningful field trips for all ages.

Those admitted to the training must attend the following training dates:

  • Tuesday, April 2, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 4, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 6, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 9, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 16, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 25, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m.-noon 
  • Tuesday, April 30, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The application will close on Friday, March 22.

Contact Charlotte Norville at Y25vcnZpbGxlQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== for questions about Master Naturalist Training. 

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Master Naturalist Assistants

Training Class
 

Master Naturalist Assistants (MNAs) serve as an important aid to volunteer educators (see Master Naturalist description below) by lending a helpful hand to all aspects of leading a field trip or activity for the public. As a MNA, you will assist with group management, props and activities. It's a great way to make a difference and meet other interested volunteers. The training is held once a year. 

To learn more, contact Charlotte Norville at Y25vcnZpbGxlQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==, or call (970) 416-2480. 


Request a Master Naturalist-Led Presentation or Field Trip

Use the request form in Engage (you must create a free account with your name, email, and phone number).