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Pennsylvania Master Naturalist training in the Laurel Highlands

April 30, 2019

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, a nonprofit organization, is partnering with Brandywine Conservancy’s Penguin Court Preserve in Laughlintown to train citizen volunteers in natural history in the fall of 2019.

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is dedicated to building a corps of trained volunteers who provide outreach and service dedicated to protecting Pennsylvania’s natural heritage. Interested Pennsylvanians become certified Master Naturalists through training and volunteer service.

To become a certified Master Naturalist volunteer, an individual must complete an initial 50-hour volunteer training course followed by annual volunteer service and continuing education in the natural sciences.

To receive the discounted application fee and ensure placement, interested persons should apply online by May 1. Space is limited and only 15 applicants will be considered.

Building volunteer leadership for community-based conservation

Trained Master Naturalists design and pursue a wide variety of service projects from habitat restoration and native plantings, to nature walks and interpretative displays or publications on natural history, to water quality monitoring and supporting the natural resource conservation efforts of partnering organizations.

Interested applicants

Once accepted into the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, participants begin by attending an initial intensive training. This natural history course includes at least 50 hours of classroom (weekday evenings) and field sessions (Saturdays).

Following initial training, participants will engage in 30 hours of service in the first year and eight hours of continuing education to become certified as a Master Naturalist volunteer.

To maintain their status as Master Naturalist volunteers, participants must complete 20 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education each year.

Training in at Penguin Court will begin Aug. 13 and end Oct. 29. The schedule website is www.pamasternaturalist.org under “Become a Master Naturalist” and “Training Courses.”

For additional information or questions about the PA Master Naturalist, contact

Maeve Rafferty at mrafferty@pamasternaturalist.org

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist

http://pamasternaturalist.org

570-441-3364

For additional information on Penguin Court, contact

Melissa Reckner at mreckner@brandywine.org

724-238-4991