Northland Arboretum in Baxter will host a 40-hour hands-on Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training course from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Aug. 18-Oct. 20, with two full day field trips Saturdays, Sept. 26 and Oct. 10.

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

Participants work together toward completing a capstone project. The course is designed for adult learning of skills and techniques to share knowledge or provide citizen science through Master Naturalist volunteer activities.

Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service.

The course cost is $295 and includes course manuals and supplies.

To register for the course, go to minnesotamasternaturalist.org/courses. If the course cost is a hardship, fill out the scholarship application at z.umn.edu/mnatscholarship2020. After the scholarship is fully processed, you will receive a code to be entered in the online registration process. Wait until receiving the code to complete registration.

This course is planned in accordance with the University of Minnesota Extension social distancing and safety practices. Should it be necessary to suspend this in-person course, instructors are prepared to continue the course online. Instructions and training will be provided using web-based technology at that time.