Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, a nonprofit organization, will hold a volunteer training course in Lehigh County this spring in partnership with Lehigh County Conservation District. The course will take place from April 4 – June 20, 2023. Classes will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 8:30 pm and for four Saturday field sessions on April 15th, May 6th, May 20 and June 10th. COVID safety protocols will be followed, and proof of vaccination will be required.
Adults who reside in Lehigh County and want to learn about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be a part of natural resource protection are perfect candidates to become Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteers. Apply by January 1st to receive the early bird discounted tuition rate. The final deadline to apply is February 6, 2023. More information can be found atpamasternaturalist.org. Scholarships are available. Space is limited so apply today!
Once accepted, trainees will attend a 50-hour course made up of weekly classroom instruction and Saturday field sessions. After the course, participants will take part in 30 hours of service and 8 hours of continuing education to become certified. Master Naturalists must complete 20 hours of service and 12 hours of continuing education each year following to maintain status as a certified Master Naturalist volunteer.
Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is dedicated to training knowledgeable volunteers committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s natural resources with partnering organizations. Volunteers perform service including habitat restoration, native planting projects, educational nature walks, water quality monitoring and much more. Volunteers have contributed over 96,000 hours of conservation service since 2010.
A full training schedule and application information can be found at pamasternaturalist.org under “Become a Master Naturalist” and “Training Courses.” For additional information or questions, please contact Adrienne Bozic, Program Coordinator for the Southeast, at firstname.lastname@example.org.