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Orientation Scheduled for Those Interested in Becoming a Master Naturalist

Protecting the area's natural resources is a tough task. As KSMU’s Scott Butler reports, two upcoming educational opportunities will help people learn how to preserve the resources in Missouri.

Individuals interested in learning what it takes to become a member of the Springfield Plateau Master Naturalist Chapter can attend either one of two upcoming orientation sessions. 

The first is scheduled for August 11 and the other will be held August 16. Both meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Southwest Regional Headquarters.  The headquarters is located at 2630 N. Mayfair Ave. in Springfield.

Bob Kipfer is the former president of the Springfield Plateau Master Naturalist Chapter.

 “Master naturalist is an organization that both educates and facilitates conservation and nature within our communities,” he said.

This chapter is part of the Missouri Master Naturalist Program.  The program is a community-based natural resource education and volunteer program that's operated through the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension.

Kipfer says these orientation sessions are a good introduction to the master naturalist program.

 “The purpose of the orientation is to give people a sample of what it means to be a master naturalist, what we’re trying to accomplish and also give them a serious idea of what we expect from our master naturalist,” he said.

According to a press release from the Missouri Department of Conservation, to become a Master Naturalist, individuals must receive training and contribute volunteer service. Once individuals receive certification, they will be required to complete 40 hours of service and eight hours of additional advanced training to maintain their certification.

For KSMU News, I’m Scott Butler.