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Become an Indiana Master Naturalist

Courier-Times Staff Report

MUNCIE — There are only 10 spots left in the September Indiana Master Naturalist Program from Red-Tail Land Conservancy, Purdue Extension and Ball State University.

The Indiana Master Naturalist (IMN) program brings together natural resource specialists and adult learners to foster an understanding of our state’s plants, water, geology, and wildlife, our relationship with the natural world and to promote natural resource volunteer service. Participants will also learn about interpretation and teaching others about the environment.

The program includes 10 weeks of classroom instruction and/or field instruction, along with an 30-hour requirement for volunteering with a natural resources management organization. To complete the course and become accredited as an Indiana Master Naturalist, participants must attend eight of the classes taking place 3:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept 17-Nov 19, on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie. Parking will be provided.

Students will be required to serve 30 hours volunteering with a park or natural resource organization to complete IMN certification.

The $125 registration fee includes instruction, educational materials, supplemental field guides and IMN accreditation materials. The program is limited to 20 students and is expected to fill quickly.

Visit www.memberplanet.com/s/fortheland/indianamasternaturalistapplication to sign up for the class.