Indiana Master Naturalist Program
Welcome, What Does it Mean to be a Naturalist?
The Indiana Master Naturalist Program is a 30-hour continuing education course for adults age 18 and over. The majority of courses that make up the hours are from 9 am until noon and begin in Taltree’s classroom. An exception is the Project Learning Tree course, which is from 9 am to 4 pm. The program can provide you with many hands-on opportunities to learn about our Hoosier natural resources. It also provides a way for you to share that knowledge, along with your life experiences, through volunteer service. The program is sponsored by the Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service and Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Participants should come prepared for these rain or shine classes with sturdy shoes, appropriate clothing for outdoors, paper and writing implements, water bottle and camera if desired. Cost for the program is $100. The program is free for Taltree Docents. Those interested in becoming a Taltree Docent should contact Maddie Grimm.
|March 3||Introduction||Introduction to team building, leading hikes and environmental education|
|March 13||Geology||Course covers local, regional and statewide geological history.|
|March 16||Dendrology||This full-day Project Learning Tree course will focus on tree science and how to present related activities.|
|March 20||Amphibians||Indiana’s amphibians and their habitats will be studied in this course.|
|April 4||Wildlife||Participants will focus on Indiana’s wildlife and their habitats.|
|April 11||Ornithology||Indiana’s bird species and habits will be studied in this course.|
|April 18||Hydrology||This Hoosier Riverwatch program will focus on stream monitoring and water quality.|
|April 24||Botany||Indiana’s wildflower species and habitats will be studied.|
|May 2||Ecology||Conservation practices in Indiana and at Taltree will be examined.|
|May 7||Final Exam||Participants will take an open book final exam on all materials covered.|