Become an Idaho Master Naturalist

Posted on Thursday, March 31st, 2011 by »

Do you enjoy nature and are you interested in learning more? Do you enjoy outdoor recreation, bird watching, identifying plants and animals, understanding the geology of our area and supporting conservation? Do you enjoy volunteering your time? If so, this program is for you. Master Naturalists can help us to learn more about, appreciate, protect and preserve Idaho’s Wild country, places like the Scotchman Peaks.

Anyone who loves and appreciates Idaho’s outdoors can be an Idaho Master Naturalist. Idaho Master Naturalists volunteer at nature centers, provide programs for children, help biologists collect data, monitor wildlife, assist at parks and natural areas and contribute to many other conservation efforts. The Idaho Master Naturalist Program goal is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to actively work toward stewardship of Idaho’s natural environment.  Idaho Fish and Game, Idaho Wildlife Foundation, Idaho State Parks and Recreation, University of Idaho Extension and Idaho State University are sponsors this program.

An Idaho Master Naturalist completes 48 hours of hands-on, experiential training about Idaho’s ecology, plants, animals and natural systems. Idaho Master Naturalists will be trained in two tracks: the Conservation Education Track and the Citizen Science Track.

MasterNaturalistLogoForWebThe Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalist Program classes will begin on April 19 – June 2, 2011, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am to 1 pm at the Waterlife Discovery Center.  Students will complete 48 hours of combined classroom and field training. To be certified as an Idaho Master Naturalist, students will also be required to complete an additional 40 hours of volunteer work for local conservation agencies.

Through the Idaho Master Naturalist Program you will participate and guide conservation efforts; join a statewide network of dedicated, trained volunteers who work toward conservation; further your education and interest in nature and have an opportunity to give back to your community.

Learn more about Idaho Master Naturalist Program visit:

www.idahomasternaturalist.org

For more information about the Idaho Master Naturalist Pend Oreille Chapter or if you would also like to be on our mailing list for future classes, please send your name, mailing address, email and phone number to Jan Griffitts, 208 290-1973, jan@looptravel.com.  The deadline for application is April 5, 2011.

About The Author:

Phil Hough is the Executive Director of the Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.

An avid long distance hiker, Phil's experience on the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trails brought a passion for wild places and motivated him to work towards protecting the one of the last and largest wild places in northern Idaho and Western Montana, the Scotchman Peaks.

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