Central Arkansas Master Naturalist Class Starts January 12
Do you want to learn more about the natural resources of Arkansas? Do you love being outside and want to help our state and local parks? Then consider enrolling in the Arkansas Master Naturalist program!
Applicants must attend at least 40 hours of classroom and outdoor instruction in subjects such as ecology, native plants, geology, botany, tree identification, meteorology and more. Members perform at least 40 hours a year of volunteer activity such as trail maintenance or leading nature walks for school groups. (Check the web site for other recent activities.)
Classes in Central Arkansas are planned for 9 am to 3:30 pm on Saturdays January 12 and 19, February 9, 16, and 23, March 9, 16, 23, and 30, and April 6 and 13, and May 4 and 11. (Over 60 hours of classes to choose from.) Classes are also planned for northwest, north central, and northeast Arkansas and the River Valley areas.
For more information, go to http://home.arkansasmasternaturalists.org/ and click on How do I join? The cost is $135 for the class and $30 per year for membership. Phone contact for Little Rock class: Nancy Deckard 501-868-6036.
Some of you may be familiar with the Master Gardeners program, which typically has classes in the Fall, with members performing volunteer work inside the city. The Master Naturalist program originally started in Texas, is now active in half the states, and has been active in Arkansas for the last half-dozen years.