In the Fall of 2015, the volunteer training program of Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Silver Lake Nature Center (Bucks County) to prepare citizens to become volunteer leaders in their communities through natural resource conservation education, citizen science, and stewardship. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a citizen volunteer initiative with three key components: an initial 55-hour volunteer training, annual volunteer service, and continuing education in the natural sciences.
Building Volunteer Leadership for Community-based Conservation
Master Naturalist volunteers design and pursue a wide variety of service projects from habitat restoration and native plantings, to nature walks and interpretative displays or publications on natural history, to water quality monitoring and supporting the natural resource conservation efforts of partnering organizations. Since 2010, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteers in Southeastern Pennsylvania have:
- engaged in more than 6,300 hours of conservation service
- contributed $140,700 in conservation value and impact to numerous regional partners
- reached over 9,000 people through education and outreach initiatives
- improved 330 acres of habitat through stewardship service
- dedicated themselves to 2,300 hours of continuing education in the natural sciences
Seeking New Applicants for Fall 2015
The Pennsylvania Master Naturalist natural history training sessions include 55 hours of classroom (weekday evenings) and field (Saturday) sessions and will be coordinated by the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and Silver Lake Nature Center (Bucks County) in the Fall of 2015.
The Chester County training, coordinated by The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, will begin on August 18 and finish on November 3, 2015. Classroom sessions will take place on Tuesday and/or Thursday from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Stroud Water Research Center (Avondale). Field sessions will take place on Saturdays or Sundays from 9:30am-2:00pm at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve, the Stateline Woods Preserve, and the New Leaf Eco Center. A complete schedule is posted on the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist website (www.pamasternaturalist.org).
The Bucks County Training, coordinated by Silver Lake Nature Center (Bristol), will begin on Tuesday, September 15, and meet every Tuesday until November 10 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Field trips are scheduled for Saturdays: September 26, October 10, 17, and 24.
Individuals interested in the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Program in Chester or Bucks Counties are encouraged to apply by May 15, 2015. Applications can be found on the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist website at www.pamasternaturalist.org.
Contact: Andrea Stevens, Program Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or (570) 764-7628