Calling all Nature Nerds: Master Naturalist Training Course Offered in Spring 2023
Do you want to learn more about our natural world and support conservation in your community? Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, a nonprofit organization, will hold a new volunteer training course in Beaver County this spring in partnership with Beaver County Conservation District. The course will take place from April 12 – June 28, 2023. Classes will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 8:30 pm and for four Saturday field sessions on April 22nd, May 13th, June 3rd, and June 10th. COVID safety protocols will be followed, and proof of vaccination will be required.
Adults who reside in Beaver County and want to learn about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be a part of natural resource protection are perfect candidates to become Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteers. Apply by January 1st to receive the early bird discounted tuition rate. The final deadline to apply is February 1, 2023. More information can be found at pamasternaturalist.org. Scholarships are available. Space is limited so apply today!
Once accepted, trainees will attend a 50-hour course made up of weekly classroom instruction and Saturday field sessions. After the course, participants will take part in 30 hours of service and 8 hours of continuing education to become certified. Master Naturalists must complete 20 hours of service and 12 hours of continuing education each year following to maintain status as a certified Master Naturalist volunteer.
Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is dedicated to training knowledgeable volunteers committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s natural resources with partnering organizations. Volunteers perform service including habitat restoration, native planting projects, educational nature walks, water quality monitoring and much more. Volunteers have contributed over 96,000 hours of conservation service since 2010.
A full training schedule and application information can be found at pamasternaturalist.org under “Become a Master Naturalist” and “Training Courses.” For additional information or questions, please contact Susie Moffett, Program Coordinator for the Southwest, at email@example.com.
Pennsylvania Master Naturalist
197 Montour Road
Elysburg, PA 17825