Indiana Master Naturalist 2018

Indiana Master Naturalist 2018

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 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 with one exception: Fort Wayne Historic Hike on Sunday afternoon.
The sessions begin on Tuesday, February 13th and end on May 20th with the downtown hike.
The Orientation Meeting on Tuesday evening, February 13th at Fox Island Park is a required part of the program.

Participants must attend at least 11 of the 13 class sessions, complete weekly exams, and accumulate  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.

Advance registration is due by Friday, February 4th.  ** Some sessions will require moderate walking.

Questions?   Contact Pam George @260-471-5952 / or

                      Jeff Ormiston @ 260- 432-2915

Important:  Deadline for Registration is February 4th.  Class size is limited to 25 student.

Your registration fee will be returned if we are unable to reserve a space for you, or if you drop the class  before the Orientation.

Participants accepted into the class must attend the orientation session on February 13th.

Money may not be returned after orientation unless there are extenuating circumstances. These non-refundable fees can be applied to future IMN either in Allen County or at other IMN sites.

If you have special needs, please indicate on the registration form, or call us at 471-5952 prior to the orientation session.

To download and print this information and an application click here  

Date Topic Instructor(s) Time Location
2/13 Orientation /Inside Trail Guiding/Ticks Get Acquainted /Meet the Naturalists  /Natalie Haley &Russ Voorhees 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Fox Island
2/20 Geology Tony Fleming 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Fox Island
2/27 Forest Ecology Dr. Jordan Marshall 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Metea Park
3/13 Reptiles & Amphibians Dr. Bruce Kingsbury 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Metea Park
3/20 Arthropods /Monarch Butterflies Nathan Arata,Karie Harding 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Metea Park
3/24 Wetlands Kate Sanders 8:30 am-12:30 pm Fox Island
3/27 Mammals Dr. Bruce Kingsbury 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Metea Park
4/10 Bats /Native American Heritage Bob Walton /Dani Tippmann 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Metea Park
4/17 Hands-On Nature Jody Heaston 6:00 pm –9:30 pm Fox Island
4/21 Birds / Jane Hine Ed & Cynthia Powers /Terri Gorney 8:30 am-12:30 pm Fox Island
4/28 Native Trees Ron Divelbiss 8:30 am –12:30 pm Metea
5/19 Wildflowers Ben Hess 8:30 am –12:30 pm Fox Island
5/20 Fort Wayne Trails –Historic Walk Angie Quinn 2:00 pm –5:00 pm Ft. Wayne