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May this year be your share with fellow nature lovers on the Mid-Ohio Valley Master Naturalist Program’s adventure of discovery. If you enjoy experiencing nature and exploring the plants, animals, and beautiful landscapes of West Virginia, this program is for you.

Topics include mammals, geology, birds, nature sketches, trees, insects, fungi, fish and more. We learn by doing field trips and classroom workshops. All ages 16+ and all levels of physical ability are welcome.

Resource experts from WVDNR, the Fish & Wildlife Service and local experts teach the 64 hour workshops. The fish workshop is taught by Jason White, a local scientist/naturalist with years of experience as an intern and volunteer for the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge (ORINWR). Our DNR Instructor, Jim Fregonara teaches the Reptiles and Amphibians class with lots of hands on materials and living creatures. Michael Schramm with the ORINWR and ornithologist extraordinaire, teaches our bird unit. We have a wonderfully talented and dedicated line-up of instructors!

A favorite event is Jay and Cindy Burkhart’s beautifully run farm day, scheduled for April 23. We spend the morning learning interesting facts about 80 species of wildflowers with Cindy, then spend the afternoon exploring their ponds and streams for aquatic life. We try to integrate the ecological interactions of the environment as we learn about individual plants and animals.

The mission of the program is to provide sufficiently in-depth exposure to the natural history of Appalachia that students have a basic knowledge of the ecology and wildlife of our region. By the time a person has completed the program, they will be ready to lead nature walks and introductory classes for adults and children and can continue to learn each year by attending new workshops and any others they wish to see again. Students are required to complete 48 hours of core credit and 16 hours of electives. The cost of the program is $125.00 and can be paid in 5 monthly installments or all at once. It covers the DNR manual, speaker allowances, and some administrative costs. Participation in the program can last indefinitely. Many people take 2 years to complete the program.

In addition to course work, students must complete 30 hours of volunteer work in order to earn a DNR certificate. There are many volunteer opportunities. Activities ranging from monitoring bluebird nest boxes to planting and maintaining pollinator gardens and volunteering in environmental education programs are just a few. We meet at the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, North Bend SP and local nature preserves and around WV.

Please contact Emily below for more information. Contact Emily Grafton, [email protected] or 304-906-7846 for more information, a copy of our schedule and a brochure.

Interested?

∫ Students must complete 48 core credit hours and 16 elective hours.

∫ The cost of the program is $125.00 and can be paid in 5 monthly installments or all at once. It covers the DNR manual, speaker allowances, and some administrative costs.

∫ Participation in the program can last indefinitely. Many people take 2 years to complete the program.

∫ In addition to course work, students must complete 30 volunteer hours.

∫ Please contact Emily Grafton at [email protected] or 304-906-7846.



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