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Master naturalist volunteer training set at arboretum

This class will cover the natural and cultural history of the “Big Woods, Big Rivers” region.

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Those who enjoy learning about the natural world may consider becoming a Minnesota master naturalist volunteer.

The Northland Arboretum in Brainerd will host a Minnesota master naturalist volunteer training beginning Feb. 25.

Master naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour, hands-on course with instructors and fellow learners, studying natural history, environmental interpretation and conservation stewardship. Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service.

The program offers three courses corresponding to Minnesota’s three major ecosystems, titled “Big Woods, Big Rivers,” “Prairies and Potholes” and “North Woods, Great Lakes.”

This class will cover the natural and cultural history of the “Big Woods, Big Rivers” region. University of Minnesota Extension will provide an in-depth overview of the deciduous forest ecosystem and participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of the region.

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Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a group project.

The classes will be 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 25-May 5.

For more information and to register, visit minnesotamasternaturalist.org . Minnesota master naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension.

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