Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training to be held at Whitewater State Park


Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!

Whitewater State Park in Altura is hosting a Minnesota master naturalist volunteer training beginning on April 9, 2019.

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 “North Woods, Great Lakes.”

This class will cover the natural and cultural history of the “Big Woods, Big Rivers” region. An in-depth overview of the deciduous forest ecosystem will be provided 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 learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, they’ll improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a group project.

The classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 9 to May 14, from 4:30-7 p.m. with two Saturday field trips on April 27 and May 4. If you have any questions contact Amy Rager at rager001@umn.edu; 320-589-1711, extension 2129; or 1-888-241-4532.

For more information and to register, go to https://www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org. For registration assistance contact Julie Larson at 320-589-1711, extension 2120; 1-888-241-4532; or info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org.

This program is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension and is supported, in part, by grant ESI-0540358 from the National Science Foundation.


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