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Monday, November 3, 2014

2014 Master Naturalist Program

Geology Field Trip with State Geologist
This past Saturday our 2014 Master Naturalist trainees braved the wet weather and ventured out to the Bucktoe Creek Preserve to learn about stewardship and restoration projects conducted at the site for the final day in their 55-hour training class. The adventurous and enthusiastic group of eight have now completed requirement 1 of 3 in becoming a certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalist. This 55-hour training course provides foundation training in natural resources and natural history of the southeastern and coastal plains eco-region here in Chester County. The classes were held once per week at the Stroud Water Research Center, and every other Saturday at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve. The topics range from geology and watersheds to botany and wildlife studies. Each topic is led by a professional in their field, and we would like to thank everyone for volunteering their time to help our master naturalist reach their potential.

Botany Field Trip with Botanist, Janet Ebert
The next step in becoming a certified master naturalist is the required eight hours of advanced training and thirty hours of service. Service projects are implemented through a partnering organization, and must build upon topics covered during the 55-hour training program. Over the past two years, TLC has partnered with eight master naturalist and we are looking to partner with another four or five again this year. Projects have included, making of a Bucktoe Creek Preserve Arboretum Tree Brochure, installation of a native meadow (currently underway), monitoring of bat boxes at our nature preserve, and the creation of a conservation documentary called, Blank Spot, featuring local conservationist. We look forward to working with another group of naturalist with an unyielding passion for the environment.

Group shot of the 2014 PA Master Naturalist Trainees

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