In the fall of 2019, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with Berks Nature in Reading to prepare citizens to become volunteer leaders in their communities through natural resource conservation education, citizen science and stewardship. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a citizen volunteer initiative with three key components: an initial 50-hour volunteer training, annual volunteer service and continuing education in the natural sciences.

Master Naturalist volunteers design and pursue a wide variety of service projects from habitat restoration and native plantings, to nature walks and interpretative displays or publications on natural history, to water quality monitoring and supporting the natural resource conservation efforts of partnering organizations.

Once accepted into the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, participants begin by attending an initial intensive training. This natural history training includes 50 hours of classroom (weekday evenings) and field sessions (Saturday). Following this training, participants will engage in 30 hours of service in the first year and eight hours of continuing education in order to become certified as a Master Naturalist Volunteer. And, participants complete annual service and continuing education hours to maintain their status as Master Naturalist Volunteers.

Training for Berks County will begin August 15 and run through October 31. The finalized training schedule along with the application and information about training can be found on Pennsylvania Master Naturalist’s website at www.pamasternaturalist.org under “Become a Master Naturalist.”

Fall 2019 Application Deadline is May 1, 2019.

For additional information or questions, please contact Ellyn Nolt at enolt@pamasternaturalist.org or 717-368-4899.

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