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Master Naturalist Training Scheduled Across Nebraska

LINCOLN – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have scheduled training so that individuals may become certified master naturalists.

The Nebraska Master Naturalist Program is an adult education program focused on providing volunteers with hands-on experiences in Nebraska’s natural resources. Participants will undergo hours of in-depth training, led by experts in their fields. They will learn about Nebraska’s flora and fauna, native ecosystems and much more. Following training, participants have the opportunity to contribute to conservation through volunteer opportunities in habitat conservation, environmental education, citizen science, and resource management.

Master naturalists have contributed more than 32,000 of hours of service since the program’s inception, reaching more than 400,000 Nebraskans through educational presentations, and impacting more than 18,000 acres of habitat.

The training schedule is: April 7-9 – Ponca State Park; $150 fee; May 19-21 – Halsey, 4-H Camp; $200 fee includes lodging and meals; June 5-11 – Valentine, Niobrara Valley Preserve; $300 fee includes lodging and meals; July 7-9 – Scottsbluff, Panhandle Research and Extension Center; $150 fee; Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Oct. 7-8 – Gretna, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium; $150 fee

To sign up for training, visit http://NATURALIST.unl.edu or call Matt Jones at 402-937-8601.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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