Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!  

Long Lake Conservation Center, Palisade, will host a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training class beginning Jan. 27.

Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural history, environmental interpretation and conservation stewardship. Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service. The program offers three courses that correspond to Minnesota’s three major ecosystems – entitled “Big Woods, Big Rivers,” “Prairies and Potholes,” “and North Woods, Great Lakes.”

This course will cover the natural and cultural history of the “North Woods, Great Lakes” region.  There will be an in-depth overview of the boreal forest ecosystem and participants will observe the variety of plant and animal communities of the region. Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a group project.

The classes will be held Monday through Friday, Jan. 27-31 from 8 a.m.-5:30  p.m. For more information and to register, go to https://www.minnesotamasternat

Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension.

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