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Nancy Pollard
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Master Naturalists in Cook County

Master Naturalists in Cook County

Classes for 2014 have not yet been scheduled.  We expect to have more information by mid-May 2014.  Here is is what happened in 2013.

Become a Master Naturalist in Suburban Cook County

SUMMER MASTER NATURALIST CLASS ADDED! JULY 2013. CPDU'S FOR TEACHERS

The program educates and trains adult volunteers so they are better equipped to share natural resource information with others in their communities; and to assist with environmental conservation and restoration activities. We all have a responsibility to protect the natural resources in the places where we live in order to ensure our world is "fit for the future." The University of Illinois Extension partners with local agencies to accomplish the Master Naturalist mission.

What qualifications do I need to become a Master Naturalist?

Anyone 18 or older can become a Master Naturalist. It does not require a degree or years of experience. You must be willing to devote time to volunteering and to continuing education.

Adult trainees in the Master Naturalist program will:

  • Learn basic principles about the natural world
  • Learn about the interdependent nature of the plants and animals in the various ecosystems of Illinois
  • Learn about animals specific to Illinois such as mammals, insects, reptiles and fish and birds
  • Learn how everyone is part of and impacts nature in urban areas
  • Learn practical techniques for both teaching about and managing natural areas

Partners make it possible

Here's a list of our current partners and links to their websites:

What training is involved?

Classes are led by regional scientists and educators. Attendance is vital.

DATE 2013

TIME

TOPIC & Instructor

LOCATION

Monday

July 8

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Introduction to the Program

Understanding the Natural World

Little Red School House (FPDCC)

9900 Willow Springs Road

Willow Springs, IL 60480

(TUESDAY)

NO CLASS

Wednesday

July 10

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Climate

Journaling

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center (FPDCC)

12545 West 111th Street

Lemont, IL 60439

Thursday

July 11

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Insects

Soils

Lake Katherine Nature Center

7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive

Palos Heights, IL 60463

Monday

July 15

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Ornithology

Illinois Forests

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center (FPDCC)

12545 West 111th Street

Lemont, IL 60439

Tuesday

July 16

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Prairies

Herpetology

Little Red School House (FPDCC)

9900 Willow Springs Road

Willow Springs, IL 60480

Wednesday

July 17

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Aquatic Life & Systems

Inquiry Adventure

Sand Ridge Nature Center (FPDCC)

15890 Paxton Avenue

South Holland, IL 60473

Thursday

July 18

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Botany

Inquiry Adventure

Sand Ridge Nature Center (FPDCC)

15890 Paxton Avenue

South Holland, IL 60473

Monday

July 22

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Illinois Geology

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center (FPDCC)

12545 West 111th Street

Lemont, IL 60439

Tuesday

July 23

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Interpretation

Bringing Nature Home

U of I Extension

2205 Enterprise Drive, Suite 501

Westchester, IL 60154

(WEDNESDAY)

NO CLASS

Thursday

July 25

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mammals

Archeology

Sagawau Environmental Learning Center (FPDCC)

12545 West 111th Street

Lemont, IL 60439

Volunteer Service

Sixty (60) hours of volunteer service are required for completion of Master Naturalist Certification. You will be engaged in a variety of activities to benefit your knowledge and skills, the environment and others. Some examples are:

  • Volunteering with a team at a Forest Preserve District of Cook County (FPDCC) or local Nature Center
  • Guiding small groups of students or adults in understanding natural areas locations
  • Restoring natural areas or volunteering in educational gardens featuring native plants
  • Answering questions about ecological or garden topics

Cost & Benefits

The $125 fee is subsidized this session by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County for this July 2013 class. (Normally the fee is $250.) This fee defrays a fraction of the cost of the class. As a Master Naturalist, you will learn to appreciate and understand the natural world, how to protect and restore your local environments, and how to share your passion, knowledge and appreciation for nature.

Apply On-line

To apply for the SUMMER July 2013 South Suburban Master Naturalist training, please complete our online application. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2013 or until the class fills. Each applicant will be contacted by our Office Support Staff, Danna Neville, to schedule an informal interview with the Educator or Program coordinator, before being accepted into the class. The class is limited to 25.

For more information e-mail Nancy Pollard pollard@illinois.edu

Registration

Register on-line after you received acceptance notification.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this Extension program, please contact our office.

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