PA Master Naturalist Training
Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Training Announced for Spring 2017 in Adams County
In the spring of 2017, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with the South Mountain Partnership and Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve to prepare citizens to become volunteer leaders in their communities through natural resource conservation education, citizen science, and stewardship. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a citizen volunteer initiative with three key components: an initial 55-hour volunteer training, annual volunteer service, and continuing education in the natural sciences.
Building Volunteer Leadership for Community-based Conservation
Master Naturalist volunteers design and pursue a wide variety of service projects from habitat restoration and native plantings, to nature walks and interpretative displays or publications on natural history, to water quality monitoring and supporting the natural resource conservation efforts of partnering organizations. Since 2010, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteers in Southeastern Pennsylvania have:
- engaged in more than 14,000 hours of conservation service
- contributed over $330,000 in conservation value and impact to numerous regional partners
- reached over 20,000 people through education and outreach initiatives
- improved 600+ acres of habitat through stewardship service
Once accepted into the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, participants begins by attending an initial intensive training. This natural history training includes 55 hours of classroom (weekday evenings) and field sessions (Saturday). Following this training, participants will engage in 30 hours of service in the first year and 8 hours of continuing education in order to become certified as a Master Naturalist Volunteer. And, participants complete annual service and continuing education hours to maintain their status as Master Naturalist Volunteers.
Spring training at Strawberry Hill Nature Preserve will begin in April and run through June. The finalized training schedule along with the application and information about training can be found on Pennsylvania Master Naturalist’s website at www.pamasternaturalist.org under “Become a Master Naturalist.”
Spring 2017 Registration Deadline is January 1, 2017.
For additional information or questions, please contact Ellyn Nolt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (717)368-4899.