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Learn about ecosystems, land management in Master Naturalist training

March 2, 2019 GMT

The University of Illinois Extension invites adults of all ages to join them for the 2019 Illinois Master Naturalist program.

The classes will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays, starting March 18 and ending May 20, at the Russell Woods Forest Preserve in Genoa. The training will feature instructors from local natural resource agencies and organizations as well as state Extension experts, and will highlight and provide instruction about the area’s rich natural heritage by hosting classes in different locations.

Participants will learn about ecosystems and interrelationships of plants and animals that make up the natural world. They also will learn how to assist with land management and to share their knowledge with others in the community. The goal is to encourage participants to seek out lifelong learning opportunities to further their development as a naturalist.

Master Naturalist participants agree to serve 60 hours of volunteer service within the first two years of their initial classroom experience. Volunteers can then continue their certification with 30 volunteer hours and 10 continuing education hours annually. Volunteer opportunities are extremely flexible and tailored to fit personal interests, abilities and time restraints.

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For more information and to apply to become a certified Illinois Master Naturalist, visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo or call the DeKalb County Extension program coordinator at 815-758-8194.

Those who need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, should call the Extension office at 815-758-8194.