The Minnesota Master Naturalist Program has recently been captured in two statewide news articles. The Brainerd-region Lakeland Public Television sent a reporter along with volunteer participants on a Northwoods, Great Lakes class field trip. He captured a video of a bear and porcupine that the group discovered during their outing. The Anoka-Ramsey Community College/Anoka Technical College Linked e-newsletter included a post that descibes results of college faculty to re-design a Field Biology course to encompass Master Naturalist Volunteer Certification. Fifty students and community members have been certified through the collegiate Master Naturalist classes. They have contributed hundreds of hours of community conservation service, including creation of interpretive signs for an environmental education area, building bluebird houses, creating gray wolf curricula for schools, and conducting biological inventories for a local nature center.
Congratulations to these and the many other Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteers and instructors, who contributed over fifty-five thousand hours of conservation stewardship across MN last year. Visit the program website to learn more about the University of Minnesota Extension Minnesota Master Naturalist Program.