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Training for volunteer naturalists begins April 9

March 22, 2019

WINONA — Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer training will begin April 9 at Whitewater State Park near Altura.

Master Naturalist volunteers completed a 40-hour hands-on course covering 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 — “Big Woods, Big Rivers,” “Prairies an dPotholes” and “North Woods, Great Lakes.”

The Whitewater course covers the natural and cultural history of the Big Woods, Big Rivers region. It provides in-depth overview of the deciduous forest ecosystem and participants will observe and learn about the variety of plants and animals of the region.

Participants will develop their ability to observe nature and learn tools to improve those skills. They will also improve their communications skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and work on group project.

Classes will be from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 9 to May 14. There will be two Saturday field trips, April 27 and May 4.

For more information or to register online, go to www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org. For registration assistance, call Julie Larson at 320-589-1711, extension 2120.