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Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training to be Held At The Lamb Shoppe, Hutchinson

Source: Amy Rager, Extension educator/specialist in Natural Resources, U of M Extension Regional Center, Morris— 320-589- 1711; 888-241- 4532,

Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer! The Lamb Shoppe, Hutchinson, MN is hosting a Big Woods Big Rivers Minnesota Master
Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning Tuesday, February 6th, 2018.

Master Naturalist volunteers complete a 40-hour hands-on course with expert instructors and fellow learners – studying natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship. Final certification comes with the completion of 40 hours of volunteer service. The program offers three courses that correspond to Minnesota’s three major ecosystems – entitled ‘Big Woods, Big Rivers’, ‘Prairies and Potholes’, and ‘Northwoods, Great Lakes’.

This class will cover the natural and cultural history of the ‘Big Woods, Big Rivers’ region. We will provide an in-depth overview of the deciduous forest ecosystem and participants will observe and learn about the variety of plant and animal communities of the region. Through the course, participants will develop their ability to observe nature and will learn tools to improve these skills. In addition, participants will improve their communication skills by sharing knowledge with other participants and working on a group project.

The class will meet at The Lamb Shoppe in Hutchinson, MN from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 6, 2018 to April 17, 2018. The Saturday field trips will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 24 and March 6. Attendance at all sessions is required. Scholarships are available. The cost for the course is $275.00.

For more information or to register go to or for registration assistance call 1.888.241.4532, or e-mail Scholarships are available. For more information: contact instructor Becky Pollack,

Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service.


Amy Rager
Extension Educator, Fish, Wildlife & Conservation Education
(320) 589-1711
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