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MN Master Naturalist training available

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

Headwaters Science Center, Bemidji, is hosting a Big Woods Big Rivers Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8, and running thru March 26 from 6-8:30 p.m.

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 "Northwoods, Great Lakes."

This class will cover the natural and cultural history of the 'Big Woods, Big Rivers' region.

We will provide an in-depth overview of the deciduous forest ecosystem and participants will observe and learn about 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 Tuesdays 6-8:30 p.m. from Jan. 8 through March 26 with two field trips -- Saturday, March 9, and Saturday, March 23. The cost for the course is $200, including materials.

For more information and to register, go For assistance call 1.888.241.4532, or e-mail

Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.