Fall 2019 Master Naturalists Complete Training
Graduates will serve as local environmental stewards through volunteer service.
This fall, a class of 25 nature enthusiasts undertook more than 40 hours of classroom and hands-on field investigation to complete The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Naturalist Training Program in Southwestern Connecticut.
Participants came from 19 communities throughout the state, for 10 weeks of classes taught by environmental education and conservation professionals and experts. To study the ecology, biodiversity and conservation needs of varied ecosystems, the weekly sessions took advantage of Connecticut Audubon’s diverse geography and, depending on the weekly topic, met at one of three different locations: the Center at Fairfield and Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary in Fairfield, and the Coastal Center in Milford. Among the course subjects covered were: plant and bird identification, geology of Connecticut, herpetology, mammalogy, marine ecosystems and climate change.
Graduates will apply their knowledge and skills in different volunteer capacities at of Connecticut Audubon’s nature sanctuaries or facilities.
From assisting with nature walks and education events, to, helping behind the scenes in the office, nature store and with animal care, the Naturalist volunteers will contribute their time to a wide variety of projects and activities tailored to their own interests.
Naturalist training is for people of all experience levels who want to expand their knowledge of the habitats, plants, animals and natural history of their local communities. It offers the rewards of sharing that knowledge through teaching others about the stewardship of our natural resources, and it provides the opportunity to meet, and work with, those who share the same interests and concerns. As one class member stated, “it broke open my brain to whole other parts of nature I hadn’t paid enough attention to.”
For information about future Naturalist Training Programs offered in Connecticut Audubon’s Southwestern Region, please email Program Coordinator Colleen Noyes.