Master Nat­u­ral­ist train­ing to be held at CBEC this fall

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GRA­SONVILLE — The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay En­vi­ron­men­tal Cen­ter will be host­ing weekly Mary­land Master Nat­u­ral­ist Train­ing be­gin­ning on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 21 and run­ning through Dec. 21. The course will be fa­cil­i­tated by Courtney Leigh, Vol­un­teer/ Stew­ard­ship Co­or­di­na­tor at CBEC.

Master Nat­u­ral­ist vol­un­teers com­plete a 60-hour hands-on course with ex­pert in­struc­tors and fel­low learn­ers, study­ing natural his­tory, en­vi­ron­men­tal in­ter­pre­ta­tion, and con­ser­va­tion stew­ard­ship. Fi­nal cer­ti­fi­ca­tion comes with com­ple­tion 40 hours of vol­un­teer service.

The pro­gram of­fers three cour­ses that cor­re­spond to Mary­land’s three re­gions: Coastal Plain (Ce­cil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caro­line, Tal­bot, Dorch­ester, Wi­comico, Som­er­set, and Worces­ter Coun­ties); The Pied­mont (Car­roll, Har­ford, Fred­er­ick, Baltimore, Mont­gomery, and Howard Coun­ties and Baltimore City); and The Moun­tains (Gar­rett, Al­le­gany, Wash­ing­ton, and Fred­er­ick Coun­ties).

The course at CBEC will cover the natural and cul­tural his­tory of the Coastal Plain Re­gion.

Dur­ing the course par­tic­i­pants will in­crease their knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing of the lo­cal natural en­vi­ron­ment and will strengthen their ob­ser­va­tional skills. In ad­di­tion, they will im­prove their com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills by shar­ing knowl­edge with other par­tic­i­pants and work­ing on group projects.

Space is lim­ited to 25 peo­ple who are 18 or older. Classes will be held ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 10 a.m. un­til 3 p.m. The cost of the course is $250 which in­cludes all ma­te­ri­als.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to down­load an ap­pli­ca­tion visit the Mary­land Master Nat­u­ral­ist web site at: http:// ex­ten­sion.umd.edu/master nat­u­ral­ist Courtney Leigh can be reached at 443-2622032 or at cleigh@bayresto ra­tion.org

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