Naturalist Core Education Courses
being offered by U of I Extension
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[August 17, 2019]
Naturalist Core Education Course is open to
Logan, Menard and Sangamon county residents who are interested in
research-based naturalist education for their personal or
professional enrichment, as well as those who may be interested in
becoming volunteers in our University of Illinois Extension Master
Naturalist program by completing an additional training course in
the spring of 2020.
Naturalist Education will take place on Wednesday,
September 4 through October 16, 2019. Classes are held in venues
around our unit. Each day begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.
Classes are taught by U of I Extension educators, and local and
regional experts. Topics to be covered: Natural Divisions of
Illinois, Botany, Soils, Forest of Illinois, Urban Systems, Prairies
of Illinois, Geology, Ornithology, Mammalogy, Invasive Species, and
The cost of this course is $225 and includes the Illinois Master
Naturalist Manual (on which instruction is based), handouts, and related
At the conclusion of the course, students will receive a
certificate of completion and be eligible to apply for the University of
Illinois Extension Master Naturalist volunteer program.
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For those wishing to become Extension Master Naturalists, there
is screening process, and an additional three-day volunteer training that
focuses on volunteer skills and policies. It is taught by current Extension
Master Naturalists, Extension horticulture educator, and other area experts.
Register for the program on the University of Illinois Extension
Logan-Menard-Sangamon unit website at
https://web.extension.illinois.edu/lms/. Registration is open until
August 19. Questions call (217) 782-4617.