BE A MASTER NATURALIST Do you love the sound of bird songs and want to know who is singing? Do you want to know how to identify native plants and use them in your landscape to attract birds and butterflies? Do you want to learn more about the natural world around you while making a difference in your community? The Virginia Master Naturalist program is a statewide corps of volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. The Shenandoah Chapter, serving the northern Shenandoah Valley, is offering a 2015 MASTER NATURALIST TRAINING COURSE from March 14 to May 20. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 PM and on Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM. Cost of the program is $175. A limited number of scholarships will be available. The evening classes will be held at Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia located on Route 50 just east of Route 340. Saturday field work classes will be held at Blandy and other locations. Classes include nature interpretation, research skills, wildflowers, trees, insects, fish, mammals, birds, geology, soil science, weather and climate, general ecology, land use, aquatic habitats, reptiles, and amphibians. The training is for adults or high school students accompanied by a parent or adult who also participates. For more information about the course contact: Alex Newhart at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-837-1626.
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