If you’re interested in expanding your knowledge of the natural world, consider joining one of the six chapters of the Arkansas Master Naturalists, a volunteer organization dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and areas within The Natural State. The master naturalist network strives to improve public understanding of natural resource ecology and management, and enhance existing natural resource management, education, outreach and research activities.
Master Naturalist training begins Jan. 22 and takes place at 9 a.m. each Saturday through May 7. Class topics include botany, entomology, mammals, meteorology, birding, archeology, native plants, trail design and maintenance, and much more. The instruction is done in a classroom as well as outdoors. The cost is $160 and covers the training, literature, T-shirt, name tag and one year annual dues to the Arkansas Master Naturalists program.
For more information, visit the website, home.arkansasmasternaturalists.org. To register, go to http://home.arkansasmasternaturalists.org/index.php/how-do-i-join, then choose the chapter — Central, North Central, Northwest, River Valley, Diamond Lakes and Northeast — best suited for you. Each chapter’s schedule and subject matter will vary depending on their particular program.