Becoming a Master Naturalist

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Becoming a Master Naturalist

Postby greygreen » 22 Apr 2014, 22:07

I'm completing a course to become a Texas Master Naturalist - a great program to train a strong volunteer core to protect our state's natural resources. The class includes animal identification, geology, ethnobotany, plant taxonomy and a whole bunch of other stuff. The best part? Although the program was founded here in the Lone Star State, it's spread much farther. Not sure how far it's spread internationally, but there's one in nearly every state of the US of A.

The program has been an awesome way to learn about the land and get some real training. Once completed, Master Naturalist are inviting to volunteer, lead tours, perform park maintenance and help as citizen scientists in dinosaur digs, bird tagging and other activities. Plus you get to tell people you are a certified master naturalist which is nearly as cool as telling people you're a druid.
Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. - A.A. Milne


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Re: Becoming a Master Naturalist

Postby Aphritha » 22 Apr 2014, 23:47

Thats awesome!
I looked up my state, and it seems there's a Master Conservationist program, but only in one distant county. Phooey. :???:

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Re: Becoming a Master Naturalist

Postby EagleEye » 23 Apr 2014, 02:23

That is so cool and sounds like great fun and great training for a very worthy cause! I'll definitely look up what is available here in PA.
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Re: Becoming a Master Naturalist

Postby Badger Bob » 23 Apr 2014, 12:47

It hasn't spread to the UK yet but I just had a poke about on Utah and Texas A&M's pages and it looks like it could run over here, especially in the National Parks. I will make suggestions to people I know in the Peak District NPA and see what they think. Thanks for bringing this up Greygreen.

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