The Missouri Department is offering a training course for those that are interested in becoming Master Naturalists. Starting in March the M-D-C will hold a Master Naturalists Initial Core training course in the Cole Camp area. The classes meet for three hours each evening and take part in three or four Saturday Field days as well.
To hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk with Syd Hime- Volunteer and interpretive programs coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation, click below:
Master Naturalists is a program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension. This is an adult education and volunteer service program.
In year’s past the department has put more than 2,000 people through this program between the State’s twelve chapters.
“It’s a real exciting program,” said Syd Hime- Volunteer and interpretive programs coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. “People get to get involved with Conservation related Community Service Volunteer projects within their local communities.”
Himes also says to get started anyone interested must first take this training course which will provide them with a foundation of knowledge and skills. Volunteer opportunities will come through the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension as well as local partners throughout the community.
Volunteers in the Cole Camp area do a lot of work with grassland restoration projects with a focus on grassland birds. They also do repairing and stream related work Hime said. They have also done a lot of Meat Milk Weed survey work. Meat Milkweed is an endangered species.
Hime points out there are a number of projects that volunteers can take part in after they become a Missouri Master Naturalist.
The projects that all the volunteers take part in are citizen science related, which could be a survey or monitoring of plants or wildlife. A lot of volunteers participate in projects like the upcoming Christmas Bird Count. Volunteers also take part in stewardship projects that include things such as planting trees to harvesting native prairie seed, working on and repairing corridors, removing invasive species, and constructing trails.
Volunteers also help with education and outreach programs. For example, the upcoming Eagle Day event, they also go to schools and do education for students and provide education for other community groups as well.
For more information or to register, contact Syd Hime at 573-522-4115 x 3370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and she can get you directed to a local training session.