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January 9, 2019 Iowa Master Naturalist spring course to be held in Kent Park
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

Since the first course in 2016, the Iowa Master Naturalist program has been bringing Iowans together, connected by a deep love and curiosity for the natural world.

The mission of the program is to educate a corps of adult volunteers about Iowa’s environment and natural history, thus empowering these volunteers to promote appreciation and stewardship of the natural world in their own communities.

The course consists of 12 three-hour units, each of which focuses on a different aspect of Iowa’s natural heritage.

Examples of past units include Iowa mammals, birds, plants and fungi, as well as units on astronomy and geology. Learning takes place both in and out of the classroom, and students are also required to attend at least four of the 10 weekend field trips.

The classes and field trips are led by local experts.

Nature herself is a prominent teacher; students are encouraged to spend time outside each day and keep a nature journal. Each week, students become the teachers as they share their most interesting nature observation with the class.

Once students finish the basic training, they continue to learn “on the job” as they fulfill their volunteer commitment.

Volunteer work includes everything from trail maintenance to leading nature walks, from prairie seed collection to bluebird box monitoring. If it benefits the public, is unpaid and helps promote environmental awareness, stewardship or citizen science, it counts toward certification.

Beneficiaries of the volunteer labor include local nature centers, conservation organizations, land trusts, schools and museums. More than 2,500 volunteer hours have been logged by students in just the past three years.

The next Iowa Master Naturalist course will be held at the Conservation Education Center in F.W. Kent Park, 2048 Highway 6 NW, Oxford, and will take place each Monday evening from March 4 to May 17.

The cost of the training is $250, which covers all curriculum materials. To learn more about the program, visit IowaMasterNaturalists.org.

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