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Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training to be held at River Bend Nature Center

Source: Amy Rager, Extension Educator,, 320/589-1711

Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer!

River Bend Nature Center, Watson, MN is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning June 1st, 2019.

Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service. The program offers three courses that correspond to Minnesota’s three major ecosystems – entitled ‘Big Woods, Big Rivers’, ‘Prairies and Potholes’, and ‘Northwoods, Great Lakes’.

This class will cover the natural and cultural history of the ‘Prairies and Potholes’ Region. We will provide an in-depth overview of the Prairie Ecosystem. Through the class, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a group project.

The classes will be held Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and July 13 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

For more information and register on-line at For registration assistance call Julie Larson at 320-589-1711 Ext. 2120; 1.888.241.4532, or e-mail

Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension.