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Naturalist program comes to W. Penna

 

November 28, 2017



The Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program is coming to Western Pe nnsylvania in Spring 2018 for the first time via Allegheny Land Trust.

A Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is an individual with a passion for the natural world who participates in an intensive training program and uses his or her knowledge by giving back to the community through volunteer service.

“We’re very excited for this program to reach our side of the state, and very proud to be the nonprofit partner making it happen,” Vice President of Education Jessica Kester said. “It’s a great opportunity for educators, volunteers, and nature lovers alike to earn a prestigious ecological training while giving back to their communities.”

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a statewide partnership initiative that aims to connect people with their local ecosystems through intensive natural science training and local conservation service work. It is a venture directed toward developing a local corps of master volunteers and service providers to offer education, outreach and service dedicated to the understanding and management of natural areas within their communities.

Pennsylvania is an ecologically diverse state that can be divided into distinct ecological regions or ecoregions.

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist has divided the state into four ecoregion-based curriculum modules (defined by EPA level II ecoregions): Appalachian Forests, Eastern Temperate Forests, Atlantic Highlands and Southeastern and Coastal Plains.

This year-round program has three components to the 55-hour training: an initial volunteer training course, volunteer service hours, and advanced training classes. Interested parties must submit an application to the program by January 15, 2018.

The program training dates are as follows: March 21, 28, 31; April 4, 11, 18, 25, 28; May 2, 9, 16, 19, 23, 30; and June 6, 13, 20, 23, 27.

Interested parties may apply to be a PA Master Naturalist at this link: bit.ly/altpanaturalist.

 

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