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    Have you taken a Master Naturalist course ?

    Local program class schedule

    January
    Introduction / Interpretation 101
    Geology of SW IN
    Ecology of SW IN
    Soils of SW IN / Invasives
    February
    Rivers & Wetlands
    Trees & Forests
    Wildflowers / Insects
    Birds
    March
    Herps / Mammals
    NR Management / Human Impact
    Interpretation 102
    Final Exam
    April
    Outdoor experiences

    each class is 3 hrs long - just like college.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Local program class schedule

    January
    Introduction / Interpretation 101
    Geology of SW IN
    Ecology of SW IN
    Soils of SW IN / Invasives
    February
    Rivers & Wetlands
    Trees & Forests
    Wildflowers / Insects
    Birds
    March
    Herps / Mammals
    NR Management / Human Impact
    Interpretation 102
    Final Exam
    April
    Outdoor experiences

    each class is 3 hrs long - just like college.
    That's cool, I'm an interpretive naturalist. You're a planner so you can speak to the public, so should be no problem, as that is usually the hardest part for the nature-lovers.
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    That would be fun. I have always shyed away from such, fearful that some work commitment would stop me from finishing. Stupid me.

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    I've applied to start the MN program in North Texas starting in 2012. Our class and field trip schedule looks like this:

    February
    Introduction to MN Program
    Ecosystem Concepts
    Ecological Regions of Texas
    Botany

    March
    Mammalogy & Ecosystem Management
    Herpetology
    Forest Ecology & Management
    Urban Forest/Trinity River Field Trip
    Ornithology

    April
    Weather
    Geology
    Prairie Ecology & Management
    Prairie Field Trip to Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area
    Urban Systems
    Soils
    Aquatic Systems
    Wetlands Field Trip to John Bunker Sands Wetland Center

    May
    Entomology
    End of Class Celebrations
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    Went to the MN intro open house last night & met a lot of interesting people and also learned about several other organizations that I wasn't aware of. Was going to do the MN coursework by myself but brought Mrs. ofos along and it looks like she'll do the training too. That's a good thing.
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    Darn missed the registration deadline to sign up.
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Darn missed the registration deadline to sign up.
    Ours runs until Jan. 20. I'll keep you posted on how the classes go. Tuesdays are going to be very long for the next 4-5 months.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    Darn missed the registration deadline to sign up.
    Plead your case. Worth it.
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    Quote Originally posted by ColoGI View post
    Plead your case. Worth it.
    I agree. The worst thing they can say is no. Just tell them you're a planner and they'll understand why you missed a deadline.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    I agree. The worst thing they can say is no. Just tell them you're a planner and they'll understand why you missed a deadline.
    And the knowledge gained from their course will make you plan their community to a higher standard!
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    Those look like incredibly fun courses! I'll have to look out for that wherever I am later this year. Are people just doing the course for fun? Or does this somehow enhance career prospects?

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    Quote Originally posted by Reefe View post
    Those look like incredibly fun courses! I'll have to look out for that wherever I am later this year. Are people just doing the course for fun? Or does this somehow enhance career prospects?
    Anything enhances a planner's career prospects these days. Bartending, naturalist, shelf stocking...
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    Is there a Maister Naturalist course? Or is that the Maister Naturist course? Oh crap - wrong class!!!
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    Quote Originally posted by wahday View post
    Is there a Maister Naturalist course? Or is that the Maister Naturist course? Oh crap - wrong class!!!
    For Maister that would be either UnNaturalist or UnNaturist. But I digress...

    Started the classes on Tuesday. This week it was Introduction to MN Program and Ecosystem Concepts. Both were good but given that it was the first session, there were organizational things to be done as well. That meant that we met for almost 4 hours instead of the normal 3. After putting in 8 at work, it was a long day. A little over 50 people are in the training class. There is a very large class course notebook with reading assignments and homework each week. Each of us have been assigned a mentor. Overall it was the crunchiest crowd that I've been in for a long while but there is a good mix of age and background.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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    Mrs. ofos and I finished the last of MN class and field trips last night. Still need to participate in a group class project and complete our advanced training and volunteer hour requirements before getting certified. It's been a good experience but kind of like when I was working full time during the day and taking my last semester of classes at night for the master's degree. Great group of people in the organization and it's opened up a whole range of environmental activities and programs in the area that I wasn't aware of before. Highly recommend the Master Naturalist program for anyone.
    “Death comes when memories of the past exceed the vision for the future.”

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