The Roanoke Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists is offering a general information session tonight, Tuesday, Aug. 28 for folks who would like to learn more about its 2012 basic training course being offered this fall. The info session begins at 6 p.m. in the public meeting room of the Hollins Public Library, located at 6624 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke, and is free and open to the public.
The fall basic training course will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and is the first step in becoming a Master Naturalist. The course will take place on Tuesday evenings from Sept. 18 through Nov. 27, from 6-9 p.m., at either the Salem or Hollins Public Library. Topics will focus on a range of subjects such as climate, geology, wetlands, forests, plants, animals, education skills, the history of the naturalist movement, and more. In addition to the weekly lectures, four Saturday field trips are scheduled to give participants a chance to enhance their classroom learning. The course culminates in a written exam and a hands-on practical test.
The cost to take the Master Naturalist basic training course is $100, and the deadline to register is Saturday, Sept. 8. It’s open to anyone age 18 or older.
If you’re interested in learning more about the course, you are encouraged to attend the information session tonight, although this is not a prerequisite for applying to the program.
More information about the Virginia Master Naturalist program and its requirements can be found on the organization’s website at http://www.virginiamasternaturalist.org/. An application form for the basic training course is available on the chapter web page at https://sites.google.com/site/roanokenaturalists/. If you have any questions about the course, please contact chapter vice president Nancy Fabian at email@example.com or the chapter sponsor, Denny McCarthy, at Dennis.McCarthy@dof.virginia.gov.