|The Missouri Master Naturalist - Chert Glades Chapter has scheduled a 12-week Master Naturalist program training course at 6:30 p.m. on Monday evenings starting with an informational meeting on January 6, 2014. It will be held at Walter Woods Conservation Area, southeast of Redings Mill (Dutch Elm Road, about 3/4 of a mile south of Route NN). Enrollment forms will be available at this meeting.
The course, designed for adults who want to know more about management and protection of Missouri's natural resources, is limited to 30 participants on a first come, first served basis and is $85. Limited scholarships are available.
To become a Master Naturalist participants take 40 hours of basic training, 8 hours of advance training and contribute 40 hours of natural-resource related volunteer service within the following 15-month period. Topics covered in the course include: key ecological concepts, karst topography, insects, Missouri natural communities, stream ecology, invasive species, birds, ancient Missouri landscapes and prehistoric cultures, amphibians and reptiles and natural resource management.
The Missouri Naturalist Program is a community based natural resource education and volunteer program with the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension as a partner. For more information go here or send an e-mail here. You may also phone Jeff Cantrell or Kevin Badgley at MDC in Joplin. Their number is (417) 629-3423.