The Master Naturalist program at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center is now accepting applications for its Level 1 cohort.
This program is designed for people who want to expand their knowledge and awareness of the natural environment. Participants will receive in depth instruction, both in the classroom and the field, on a comprehensive range of topics, including plants, soils, birds, habitats, mammals, forestry, and aquatic systems.
The classroom training will be held at the James L. Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton CT, with field studies at various locations across the state in addition to the Center. It will take place on Saturdays between April 28 and June 16, from 9 am to 3 pm.
Following the formal instruction period, students will participate in a variety of activities including a short research project, special educational programs at the Center, field trips and educational outreach.
The Level I certification, Apprentice Naturalist, is a pre-requisite for the Level II Master Naturalist certification. The Level II training is a more intensive program, with participants concentrating on one or two selected topic areas and more in-depth research project.