Indiana Master Naturalist 2022

AS OF 12/21/21 WE HAVE REACHED OUR MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS! YOU MAY STILL CONTACT US (BELOW) AND YOUR NAME WILL BE PUT ON A WAITING LIST.

Indiana Master Naturalist 2022

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, soils, and wildlife, and promote natural resource volunteer service within the State of Indiana.
  • 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.

To find more information on classes and other sites hosting IMN classes click here

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 four exceptions:
Three classes will be held at ERC at Purdue Fort Wayne (Environmental Resource Center located @ 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd, Fort Wayne, IN 46805 behind the Holiday Inn) and the Historic Fort Wayne Hike on Sunday afternoon.
The sessions begin on Tuesday, February 22nd and end on May 28th with the downtown hike.
The Orientation Meeting on Tuesday evening, February 22nd at Fox Island Park is a required part of the program.

Participants must attend at least 8 of the 12 class sessions, complete weekly exams, and accumulate  24+  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.

** Some sessions will require moderate walking.

Questions?   Contact Pam George @260-466-3605 / pamgeorgeph@comcast.net or

                      Jeff Ormiston @ 260- 432-2915

Important:  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 22nd.

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 466-3605 prior to the orientation session.

To download and print this information and an application click here

Date                Topic                   Instructor Time  Location
2/22 Orientation / Trail Guiding Tips /

Ticks

Get Acquainted /

Natalie Haley / Russ Voorhees –

6:00 – 9:30
PM
Fox Island
3/01 Native American Heritage Dani Tippmann / Greta Sirois 6:00 – 9:30
PM
Metea

 

3/15 Forest Ecology Dr. Jordan Marshall 6:00 – 9:30
PM
ERC
3/19 Geology Tony Fleming 8:30 – 12:00
AM – Noon
Fox Island
3/ 22 Reptiles/ & Amphibians Dr. Bruce Kingsbury 6:00 –9:30
PM
ERC
3/29 Mammals Dr. Scott Bergeson 6:00 – 9:30
PM
ERC
4/12 Arthropods – Bees /

Monarch Butterflies

Maraiah Russell

Karie Harding

 

6:00 – 9:30
PM
Metea
4/19 Hands-On Nature Jody Heaston 6:00 – 9:30
PM
Fox Island
4/26 Wildflowers Jeff Ormiston / Natalie Haley / Carrie Vrabel 6:00 – 9:30
PM
Fox Island
4/30 Wildflower Hike Jeff Ormiston / Natalie Haley 9:00 – 12:30
AM – Noon
Fox Island Pavilion
5/03

 

Birds / Jane Hine Ed & Cynthia Powers / Terri Gorney 6:00 – 9:00
PM
Fox Island
5/07 Bird Hike Ed & Cynthia Powers 8:00 – 12:00
AM – Noon
Fox Island Pavilion

 

         
5/10 Wetlands Kate Sanders 6:30 – 8:30
PM
Fox Island
5/14 Wetlands Hike Kate Sanders / Jeff Ormiston 9:00 – 11:30
AM
Fox Island Pavilion
5/17 Bats/

Weather

Bob Walton

Bill Seidel

6:00 – 9:30
PM
Metea
5/21

 

Fort Wayne Trails – Historic Walk

 

Angie Quinn 1:00 – 4:00
PM
Downtown Ft. Wayne

 

5/24 Native Trees Ron Divelbiss 6:00 – 9:30
PM
Metea
5/28 Native Tree Hike Ron Divelbiss / Karie Harding 9:00 -12:30
AM – PM
Metea