COLE CAMP Mo -- The Hi Lonesome Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalist program will offer training sessions for those interested in volunteer service to conservation.
Master Naturalists assist with wildlife and fisheries habitat improvements, guided hikes, special events and educational presentations. The program is a partnership between participants, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri Extension Service.
An informational meeting about becoming a Master Naturalist will be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 6 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 201 W. Jefferson St., at Cole Camp.
To become a certified Master Naturalist, a participant must attend classes, donate 40 hours of approved volunteer service and take eight hours of advanced training within one year. Initial training includes classes in subjects such as ecology, native plants and wildlife.
The Hi Lonesome Chapter training will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. each Monday evening from March 5 through May 14. There will also be three Saturday field trips. There is a training course fee of $75 to pay for costs of books and activities. The registration deadline is Feb. 17.
For more information, contact Master Naturalist Donnie Nichols at 660-723-3938 or Nichols_donnie@yahoo.com. Information is also available at http://extension.missouri.edu/masternaturalist/colecamp/.