The Nebraska Master Naturalist program announced its 2015 schedule of training sessions.
“The Nebraska Master Naturalist program is an adult education program, providing volunteers with hands-on experiences in Nebraska’s natural resources,” said Bruce Mellberg, program coordinator in the School of Natural Resources. “While learning about Nebraska’s flora, fauna and native ecosystems, trainees are prepared for natural resource interpretation, citizen science projects and so much more.”
The program offers participants the opportunity to get up close and personal with Nebraska’s natural legacy. Participants will undergo 60 hours of in-depth training led by experts in their fields. Training dates and locations are as follows:
Feb. 4-7 - Audubon’s Rowe Sanctuary in the Kearney-Grand Island-Hastings area
April 16-18 - Wildcat Hills Nature Center in the Scottsbluff and Gering area
May 7-9 - Cedar Point Biological Station in the Lake McConaughy-Ogallala-North Platte area
June 7-10 - Nature Conservancy’s Niobrara Valley Preserve in the Valentine-Ainsworth-Basset area
October - Lincoln area with facility and dates to be announced
November – Omaha area with facility and dates to be announced
Certified master naturalists have contributed more than 22,000 of hours of service, valued at more than $490,000, in the areas of interpretation and outreach, resource conservation and management, outdoor skills and recreation and citizen science research.
Applications are available at http://naturalist.unl.edu. Individual registration is $150 and spaces are limited.
For more information, contact Matt Jones, program assistant, at 402-937-8601 or visit http://snr.unl.edu/naturalist/.