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Naturalist training course at Jefferson Forest

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 FAIRDALE - A naturalist training course begins January 9 and 14, 2012 in the Horine Center at Jefferson Memorial Forest.

During this 15-week training program, volunteers will learn how to lead fun, hands-on field trips, experience the values and benefits of natural areas, discover basic ecology and make  connections between species and landscapes.

Volunteers have the option to attend classes on Monday or Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. till approximately noon. The program fee is $35, which includes training materials and a shirt. 

Those who complete the naturalist training program help aid Metro Parks’ education staff with school field trips and public programs by leading hikes, teaching nature classes and assisting with classes taught by staff.

“It’s an extremely rewarding opportunity,” said Sherry Wright, Jefferson Memorial Forest Volunteer Coordinator. “Our volunteer naturalist training program is a remarkable experience to teach, learn and love nature!”

Due to the extensive training involved for this group, volunteers have a 36 hour minimum annual volunteer time requirement. After initial training, the volunteer checks the schedule of programs and signs up to assist based on their availability. Weekend volunteers work primarily on Saturdays, with some evenings.

Volunteers are subject to site manager approval, must complete a full application and submit to a state record check.

For more information, call Erika Nelson at 502-456 -3253.