Thursday, March 6, 2014

Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training to be held at Carlos Avery Game Farm, Columbus, MN

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

Carlos Avery Game Farm, Columbus, MN is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning March 18th, 2014.

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 Tuesday and Thursdays from March 18th to April 29th from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM. There will be 2 field trips; Saturday, March 22 from 9:00 AM – 4 PM and Saturday-Sunday April 26 & 27 (a weekend at Cloquet Forestry Center). The cost for the course is $200 plus weekend field trip will be $35 shared room $45 single room, class materials included. 

For more information or to register on-line go to For questions 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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