In the spring of 2019, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with Green Valleys Watershed Association 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 55-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. Since 2010, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteers in Pennsylvania have:

• engaged in more than 25,600 hours of conservation service

• contributed $587,000 in conservation value and impact to numerous regional partners

• reached over 20,000 people through education and outreach initiatives

• improved more than 9,700 acres of habitat through stewardship service

Once accepted into the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, participants begins 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.

Spring training for Green Valleys Watershed Association will begin April 3 and run through June 12. 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.”

Spring 2019 Application Deadline is Jan. 15.

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

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