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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Minnesota Master Naturalist Class - Afton State Park, Hastings

 Afton State Park, Hastings, MN is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning May 15th, 2013 – June 19th, 2013.
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 "North Woods, Great Lakes" region.  We will provide an in-depth overview of the boreal 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 group project.

The classes will be held Wednesdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM from May 15th through June 19th, 2013 with a Weekend field trip Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd (Housing for the field trip weekend will be at the Cloquet Forestry Center in dorm rooms that are like hotel rooms and kitchen facilities.   We offer single and double occupancy dorm-style rooms with private baths in a beautiful north woods setting. Kitchen facilities are available within each lodging unit. Cost: Lodging is optional and there are two options: $42.75 per person, per night, for a single room, and $32.07 per person per night for a double room. Linens are included. No pets allowed. Meals will be on your own). The cost for the course is $200, including materials. 
Register on-line at, call 1.888.241.4532, or e-mail Scholarships are available
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.

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