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Master Naturalists to host public orientation meeting Thursday

Do you often wonder what bird is singing, or what are the trees you’re standing under?

There’s a program that can help you answer these questions and train you to share your knowledge with others. The Kanawha Valley Chapter of the West Virginia Master Naturalist Program will hold an orientation meeting on Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m. at the University of Charleston, School of Pharmacy Building, room 111.

The West Virginia Master Naturalist Program, through coursework, volunteer opportunities and networking, allows individuals to increase their knowledge and appreciation of the natural world while helping their communities and the environment. Training is offered in a broad range of specialties in the fields of natural history and environmental education. Topics include mushrooms, wildflowers, insects, reptiles, birds, mammals, habitats, geology, fossils, nature interpretation and teaching and more, all from a West Virginia perspective. Coursework plus volunteer time qualify the trainee for certification as a West Virginia Master Naturalist.

Master Naturalists help construct and maintain nature trails, lead interpretive walks at state parks, assist biologists with research and give presentations to school children and other groups. They will learn the best ways to enhance wildlife habitat and most importantly, how to apply this knowledge and share with others.

To be certified, you must complete 64 hours of classroom and field training (48 hours of core classes and 16 hours of electives). You must also complete 30 hours of volunteer work. To maintain certification, eight hours of training and 16 hours of volunteer time are required each year.

For more information, contact Rebecca Linger at rebeccalinger@ucwv.edu or 304-357-4998.


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