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Naturalist training set for arboretum

For those who enjoy learning about the natural world, an opportunity to become a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer is available. Northland Arboretum in Baxter is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning April 16. Mas...

For those who enjoy learning about the natural world, an opportunity to become a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer is available.

Northland Arboretum in Baxter is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning April 16.

Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with 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 - entitled '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. We 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.

The classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p..m. April 16 - May 21 with two required field trips April 18 and May 2. The cost for the course is $275, including materials. Scholarships are available. For more information contact Peg Serani, arboretum@brainerd.net .

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Interested persons may register on-line at www.MinnesotaMasterNaturalist.org , call 1.888.241.4532, or e-mail info@minnesotamasternaturalist.org . Scholarships are available.

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.

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