The Montana Master Naturalist Program is spreading across the state! For those of you outside of the Missoula area, there are now several other options for getting your Montana Master Naturalist certification.
When: March 20 – May 22, 2018
Tuesdays, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Overview: The Billings Montana Master Naturalist Program is designed for adults who want to deepen their knowledge of the natural world. Its curriculum is field-oriented and place-based, focusing on the ecosystems and landscapes of South-Central Montana—the mixed-grass prairies, mountain ranges, and river basins that define the area. We’ll cover everything from birds and insects to geology and plant ID. You’ll hone your naturalist skills as we practice journaling, animal tracking, and observation.
This 10-week, 40-hour course is a combination of evening sessions and all-day field trips. Adapted from a Montana-specific curriculum, the Billings program qualifies participants for Master Naturalist certification from the Montana Natural History Center. Instructor and Master Naturalist Carolyn Sevier is deeply familiar with the natural history of the Billings area and has spent more than 15 years in outdoor and nature education.
“I loved the hands-on approach—I learned so much for lifetime learning, not just for immediate response. Loved this class and really looked forward to it each week.” ~a former Billings Master Naturalist student
Cost: $250 ($225 for Friends of the Montana Audubon Conservation Center). Master Naturalist certification available for an additional $100. OPI or Continuing Education units available for $30. Professional development credits may also be arranged.
When: June 14-19, 2018
Overview: The Master Naturalist course is designed to enrich the learner with a broad set of naturalist skills that demand a ready willingness to explore and learn. The core of this course will be developing skills to read the landscape. We’ll use big themes of biogeography, succession, and habitat to frame our knowledge. Through this five-day intensive course, participants will cultivate an ability to accurately interpret and understand the plants and animals whose presence tells the story of the landscape. Come prepared to work at developing these skills with the satisfaction of learning in one of the most scenic places in North America!
Cost: $825 (the course fee includes five nights of lodging and all meals from Thursday dinner through Tuesday breakfast). Master Naturalist certification available for an additional $100.
Registration: Click HERE to register.
When: June 25-29, 2018
Overview: Whether you are an accomplished scientist or just enjoy spending time in the out-of-doors, this class is for you! Course topics will include: field journaling, plant & animal identification, living with wildlife, and interpretive and citizen scientist skills. Classes will meet at Montana WILD and conclude with an overnight trip to FWP’s Beartooth Wildlife Management Area near Holter Lake. Participants will be required to complete a community service component to maintain their annual Master Naturalist Certification. Click here for the proposed class schedule.
Cost: $245 for Montana Master Naturalist Certification through the Montana Natural History Center or $145 just for fun and education. Class size is limited to 15 participants. The course fee is refundable ONLY if cancellation is made a week prior to the first class session. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after June 15th.
Registration: To register and for more information please contact:
Montana Discovery Foundation
2880 Skyway Dr.
Helena, MT 59602
Checks should be made to the MT Discovery Foundation.
See a general/sample schedule for the week here.