Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Would you like to know more about Missouri’s natural resources and become a volunteer conservationist?
The Missouri Master Naturalist program is offering an introductory session from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18 at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Kansas City Regional Office, 12405 S.E. Ranson Road, Lee’s Summit, MO.
Trained volunteers participate in a community-based natural resource education and volunteer program. They assist with MDC research and habitat improvement projects and volunteer at educational programs. Participants receive special training on ecology and conservation. The master naturalist program is sponsored by MDC and University of Missouri Extension.
At the orientation session, MDC’s statewide coordinator and local chapter members will share their experiences with the program, discuss partnerships and highlight how the program benefits conservation in Missouri.
Training classes will be held from 6 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday evenings from July 23 through Oct. 29. Participants will also attend field sessions at natural areas in the Kansas City area. Field sessions are generally held from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
During the past year, members volunteered 10,473 hours, which included 4,708 hours of public education and 3,243 hours of land stewardship.
For information about master naturalist activities in the Kansas City area and applications for membership, visit the Osage Trails Chapter. Applications are due by July 2. To learn more about the program, contact the 2019 class mentors at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Ginger Miller, MDC education consultant ,at 816-759-7305, ext. 1136.
Photo: Prairie prowl pink katydid by Linda Williams