The Nebraska Master Naturalist Program

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By Annabel Lee Major

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, will begin training conservation volunteers through the creation of a Nebraska Master Naturalist Program.

The Master Naturalist Program will take participants into the field to learn hands-on about Nebraska’s natural resources. This training provides an introduction to a variety of natural resource disciplines and prepares participants to be a certified conservation volunteer. Participants will engage in nearly 60 hours of in-depth training, led by experts in their fields, learning about Nebraska’s ecosystems, plants, animals and conservation biology. Activities may include leading education programs, conducting breeding bird surveys, mentoring hunters and anglers, volunteering in parks and zoos, and teaching others about the outdoors.

Through this unique opportunity, Nebraskans will be able to contribute something even more valuable to conservation than money—a part of themselves—as well as to connect with other Nebraskans who share their passion for nature.

 

For more information, visit http://naturalist.unl.edu, follow the Nebraska Master Naturalist Program on Facebook, call (402) 472-8689 or e-mail naturalist[at]unl[dot]edu. Applications for the program begin in March.

Partners of the Master Naturalist Program include the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Environmental Trust, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Audubon Society, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Nebraska Outfitters and Guides Association, The Nature Conservancy, the National Park Service, Nebraska Alliance for Conservation and Environment Education, Fontenelle Nature Association, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resource District and many more natural resource programs across the state.

 

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