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Bob's Woods at the Earl Poole Sanctuary in Alsace Township, shown in November, will be one of the locations for training of Berks Nature ambassadors.

Berks Nature is recruiting a dedicated group of volunteers to be trained as ambassadors.

Ambassadors receive more than 20 hours of basic training about conservation work done by Berks County's main conservation organization. Ambassadors are trained volunteers who can help train others, lead projects, answer questions, and enhance and protect the environment.

The training includes lessons in topics such as hydrology, invasive plants and educational materials. The training equips people for projects that benefit the community.

“I became an ambassador because I believe in the value of volunteering, and volunteering for Berks Nature gets me outside to see all the corners of Berks County," Jerry Griffith of Brecknock Township, an ambassador, said in a news release. "I spend most of my ambassador hours doing stream cleanups and stream monitoring. "

The ambassador training starts April 20 and continues through early June. The course also includes hands-on field trips to be scheduled COVID permitting. The fee for the program is $100 for Berks Nature members and $125 for non-members, which helps offset costs of the program materials. Scholarships are available for those with financial hardships.

Applications are available at https://berksnature.org/ambassadors/

Eligible applicants must be able to attend the April 20 welcoming session and at least three other training opportunities. At the end of the training, ambassadors  receive a certificate and an official Berks Nature ambassador vest.

For more information, contact Michael Griffith at 610-372-4992 x108 or email at Michael.griffith@berksnature.org.

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