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You can apply now to be a Kansas master naturalist

If you have an interest in natural resources and enjoy working with others then the Kansas Naturalist program may be just the opportunity for you. Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Kansas Master Naturalist training program.

The deadline for application is Feb. 28. Training sessions will begin March 25 and run each Wednesday through May 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. All classes will be conducted at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500 in Olathe. There is a $100 administration fee for those accepted into the class. Class members must be a resident of the greater Kansas City metro area.

The mission for the program is to develop knowledgeable and dedicated citizens who are active in promoting awareness, understanding and stewardship of the natural heritage of Kansas. Applicants who are selected for the program will receive intensive 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in natural resource concepts. In return, newly trained recruits will be required to volunteer 30 hours of volunteer service each year, on environmental projects that benefit the community. Areas of training include:

  • Ecology
  • Geology
  • Soils
  • Plants
  • Birds
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Herpetology
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Education and Interpretation

If you are interested in applying for the program, or would like more information, please contact Johnson County K-State Research and Extension at (913) 715-7000 or visit www.johnson.ksu.edu and click on the Volunteers link for details.