Master Naturalist training to be held at CBEC this fall
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