Registration for the 2013 MSU Extension Master Naturalist program in both Ottawa and Kent counties is now closed.
If you are interested in the Master Naturalist program in Kent or Ottawa counties, please ask to be placed on the 2014 Master Naturalist Waiting List. (Two of the class topics in Kent County Master Naturalist program are different than two of the class topics offered in the Ottawa County Master Naturalist program.)
In case you are not familiar with the Kent/MSU Extension Master Naturalist program, it is similar to the Master Gardener program only with a focus on conservation and the environment. To earn Master Naturalist certification, participants must attend 25 hours of education (six classes), complete 30 hours of volunteering in an approved conservation setting and then pass a take home final exam.
The Master Naturalist program is composed of a series of six classes which are offered on six different Saturday mornings. (In 2013, the classes were offered once a month from April through September.) The 2014 classes will be offered on Saturday mornings from 8:00-12:30 PM, but the actual dates have not been determined.
The titles of the six classes in Kent County are as follows: Overview to Conservation Theory and Practice, Woodland Wildflowers, Native Trees and Shrubs, Michigan Wetland Habitats, Invasive Plant Species and Prairie Environments. The six locations vary, but all locations are considered nature settings around the Grand Rapids area.
The titles of the six classes in Ottawa County are as follows: Overview to Conservation Theory and Practice, Native Plants &Woodland Wildflowers, Native Trees and Shrubs, Lakes & Rivers, Invasive Plant Species and Dune Ecology. The six locations vary, but all locations are Ottawa County Parks and Open Space properties.
In 2014, the1st class in both programs will be held on Saturday, April 12 due to the fact Easter is on April 20, 2014.
If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the 2014 Master Naturalist program in either Kent or Ottawa Counties, then download the correct 2014 Waiting list registration form. Fill out the form and mail it back to Ginny Wanty at 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Once placed on the waiting list, you will receive the 2014 Master Naturalist brochure and registration materials earlier than the general public (around the beginning of March.)
For those individuals not on the 2014 Master Naturalist Waiting list, details and registration materials for the 2014 Master Naturalist program will be available to the general public after March 25, 2014.
If you have questions regarding the Master Naturalist program, please contact Ginny Wanty at 616-336-3108 or at email@example.com
Download Kent County Master Naturalist Waiting List Brochure and registration form here
Download Ottawa County Master Naturalist Waiting List brochure and registration form here
Prairie Class Handouts
2013 Prairie Notes
Master Naturalist Supplemental Classes
Latest News on Invasive Plants - Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is: $35.00 per person
Michigan Turtles Class - Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00-12:30 p.m. Cost is: $30.00 per person
Fishes of the Grand River: Pros and Cons of Dam Removal - Saturday, August 24, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is: $30.00 per person
MSU Extension Master Naturalist Program offers a variety of Supplemental Classes. These classes are open to the public as well as Master Naturalists.
An informational brochure is available here: 2013 Master Naturalist Supplemental Classes
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