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Indiana Master Naturalist 2017

Become An Indiana Master Naturalist

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 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, water ecology, soils, and wildlife, and also 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 Fox Island Alliance and Allen County Parks.

Program Information:
The sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm either at Metea County Park or Fox Island County Park.

The sessions begin on Tuesday, February 21st and end on May 30th. The Final Exam is Tuesday May 30th.

The Orientation Meeting on Tuesday evening, February 21st at Fox Island County Park is a required part of the program.

Participants must attend at least 11 of the 13 class sessions, complete a final exam, and complete 30+ volunteer hours to obtain Indiana Master Naturalist Certification and a pin.

Class size is limited to 25 applicants. Space is reserved on a first-come first-served basis; and space will be reserved only when the $95.00 registration fee is paid.

Advance registration is due by  February 10th. Some sessions will require moderate walking.

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

To download and print this information and an application click here  

 

Date                Topic                   Instructor(s) Time  Location
2/21 Orientation / Inside Trail Guiding/Ticks Get Acquainted / Meet the Naturalists/
Natalie Haley / Russ Voorhees
6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Fox Island
2/28 Geology Tony Fleming 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Fox Island
3/07 Forest Ecology Dr. Jordan Marshall 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Metea
3/14 Reptiles/ & Amphibians Dr. Bruce Kingsbury 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Metea
3/21 Arthropods /Monarch Butterflies Nathan Arata,Karie Harding 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Metea
3/25 Wetlands Kate Sanders 8:30 am-12:30 pm Fox Island
3/28 Mammals Dr. Bruce Kingsbury 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Metea
4/11 Bats / Native American Heritage Bob Walton / Dani Tippman 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Metea
4/18 Hands-On Nature Jody Heaston 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm Fox Island
4/29 Birds / Jane Hine Ed & Cynthia Powers /
Terri Gorney
8:30 am-12:30 pm Fox Island
5/13 Native Trees Ron Divelbiss / Karie Harding 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Metea
5/20 Wildflowers Ben Hess 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Fox Island
5/27 AC Trails – Historic Walk Angie Quinn 8:30 am – 12:30 pm Dwtn
Ft Wayne
5 /30 Final Exam Required 6:00 – 8:00 pm Fox Island