The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd will host a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training from 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, April 18-May 23.
Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour, hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners, studying 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 and Potholes; and Northwoods, Great Lakes.
This course will cover the natural and cultural history of the “North Woods, Great Lakes” region. The class will provide an in-depth overview of the boreal forest ecosystem and participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of the region.
Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a group project.
Cost for the course is $200, including materials.
Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Minnesota Master Naturalist is supported, in part, by grant ESI-0540358 from the National Science Foundation.