Become An Indiana Master Naturalist!     2014

 Interested and intrigued by nature and the environment?

Want to learn more about Indiana’s natural resources and share this information with others?

The Indiana Master Naturalist Program is an educational/volunteer program developed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue Extension to provide citizens with hands-on opportunities to learn about our State’s natural features and resources.  The purpose of the program is to:

  •  Bring together natural resource specialists with adult learners (18 years and older) to foster an understanding of Indiana’s plants, soils, water, wildlife, history and people, and to promote volunteer service in local communities.
  • Provide an educational opportunity for course participants by volunteering with a local agency or organization involved in natural resource management.
  •  In Allen County Indiana, this program is sponsored by the Fox Island Alliance and Allen County Parks.

Program Information

  • The sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9:30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at either Fox Island County Park or Metea County Park.
  • The sessions begin on Tuesday, February 18th and end on May 17th with the final exam on Tuesday May 20th.
  • Participants must attend the orientation meeting on Tuesday evening,  February 18th at Fox Island County Park.
  • Participants must attend at least 9 of the 11 class sessions, complete the final exam, and complete 36 volunteer hours to obtain the Indiana Master Naturalist Certification, and a pin.
  •  Class size is limited to 30 applicants. Space is reserved on a first-come first-served basis; and space will be reserved only when the $80.00 registration fee is paid.
  • Advance registration is due by Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
  • Some sessions will require moderate walking.

You will receive a letter inviting you to orientation if you are among the first 30 to register.

2014 Class Schedule

Date

  Instructor Time  Location

2/18

Orientation

Get Acquainted/Meet Naturalists/Terri Gorney/Russ Voorhees

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Fox Island County Park

2-25

Forest Ecology Dr. Jordan Marshall / Natalie Haley 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Metea County Park

3-4

Geology Tony Fleming 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fox Island County Park

3/11

Reptiles/ & Amphibians Dr. Bruce Kingsbury / Jody Heaston 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Metea County Park
3/22

Wetlands

Tim Skiver

8:30 am-12:30 pm

Fox Island County Park

4/12 Birds Dr. James Haw / Ed & Cynthia Powers 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Fox Island County Park

4/15

Arthropods /Macro Invertebrates

Ron Divelbiss, Nathan Arata, Karie Harding

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Metea County Park

4/22

Mammals

Dr. Bruce Kingsbury / Jody Heaston

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Metea County Park

4/29

Native Americans / Bats

Angie Quinn / Bob Walton

6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Fox Island County Park

5/10

Native Trees

Ricky Kemery

8:30am- 12:30 pm

Metea County Park

5/17

Wildflowers

Ben Hess

8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Fox Island County Park

5 /20

Final Exam

Required

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fox Island County Park

**** Optional “Interpretation Extravaganza”: Saturday, June 7th from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm  (Park Naturalists will offer hands-on experiences along the trails at Fox Island County Park + hot dog roast)

Questions?   Contact Pam George @260-471-5952 or Jeff Ormiston @ 260- 432-2915

To download a 2014 application click here