Master Naturalist Training
Monday, March 18, 2019 - Monday, May 20, 2019
University of Illinois Extension invites adults of all ages to join them for the 2019 Illinois Master Naturalist program. The classes will be held at the Russell Woods Forest Preserve, 11750 IL-72, Genoa, IL 60135 on Monday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., starting March 18 and ending May 20, 2018. The training will feature instructors from local natural resource agencies and organizations as well as state Extension experts and will highlight and provide instruction about our area’s rich natural heritage by hosting classes in different locations.
As a Master Naturalist, you will learn about ecosystems and interrelationships of plants and animals that make up our natural world. You will also learn how to assist with land management and to share your knowledge with others in your community. The goal is to encourage participants to seek out lifelong learning opportunities to further their development as a naturalist.
Master Naturalist participants agree to serve 60 hours of volunteer service within the first two years of their initial classroom experience. Volunteers can then continue their certification with 30 volunteer hours and 10 continuing education hours annually. Volunteer opportunities in your county are extremely flexible and tailored to fit your personal interests, abilities, and time restraints.
For more information and to apply to become a certified Illinois Master Naturalist, please visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo or call the DeKalb County Extension Program Coordinator at 815-758-8194.