Master Naturalists call for new members
Published 3:44 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2016
If you have even a mild interest in nature, there’s an opportunity coming up next year to expand that curiosity to knowledge grounded in research and experience.
Brenda Peters, a trained Master Naturalist, announces the Historic Southside Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program will have its annual training program commencing Feb. 7, 2017. This will take place in the VA Cooperative Extension Office at the IOW Court House.
This includes 27 hours of classroom instruction on the following subjects: Basic Ecology, Entomology, Botany, Mammalogy, Ichthyology, Herpetology, Forestry, Weather, Geology, Wetlands and Ornithology.
But wait! There’s more: Thirteen hours of field trips, all scheduled for Saturdays, will take place at
the Great Dismal Swamp, Suffolk; Geology and Birding at Chippokes Plantation; a tour of Piney Grove Preserve, the home of the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker; and a tour of the Blackwater Ecological Preserve.
The course fee is $125/person or $190/couple (parent/child, spouses). Youth ages 14-17 must be accompanied by an enrolled adult for all classes and field trips.
For information and application form, visit www.vmnhistoricsouthside.org, or call the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at 365-6261.
Registrations are due by Jan. 18, 2017.