Deadline to apply for Master Naturalist basic training is extended to January 15
Area residents interested in becoming Virginia Master Naturalist certified have until January 15 to register for the 2015 training course sponsored by the Southwestern Piedmont Chapter. Classes begins Tuesday, January 20 and run through May.
The Virginia Master Naturalist Program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. All over the Commonwealth, Virginia Master Naturalists train for certification, then maintain that certification by launching or participating in local projects as they trek through forests and fields and collect data in streams, beaches, and backyards - all while continuing to learn and sharing their enthusiasm for Virginia's natural world.
The Master Naturalist certification program explores a large variety of disciplines, including the biogeography of Virginia, basic concepts of ecology and geology, basic resource management principles, native flora and fauna in the region, the general process of science, and the roles of Virginia state agencies in the management and conservation of natural resources.
This year’s training class meets every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., with local field trips held on some Saturdays. Classes are held in the Suzanne M. Lacy Education Center at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville and in various locations in the field.