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Master Naturalist Certification Course in Fairfield

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Connecticut Audubon Society (CAS) is offering a master naturalist training program September 15-November 17 on Tuesdays from 10am to 2pm. The training program prepares people of all experience levels to become naturalists in their communities and to contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service.

The program provides 40 hours of classroom and field training in four-hour sessions over 10 weeks. Classes are taught by field experts such as Bill Kenny, a Fairfield-based ecologist and landscape architect, and James E. Biardi, Ph.D., the director of environmental studies at Fairfield University. All sessions will include a mix of indoor classroom presentations and outdoor, hands-on field experiences.

At the conclusion of the training, graduates receive certificates and may apply their knowledge and individual skills in volunteer capacities to help maintain and support education activities and operations at the center, its adjoining Larsen Sanctuary, as well as in their own communities.

Registration deadline is September 8. The program fee is $195 for CAS members and $250 for non-members (includes a CAS membership). As part of the tuition, participants must be able to volunteer 40 hours within the year following the training. To complete the program, expect to attend every class. If a session is missed, it may be possible to arrange a make-up class with the instructor.

For more information and the registration application, visit CTAudubon.org/2015/07/Master-Naturalist-Training-2 or call 203-259-6305,extension 109. Location: Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, 2325 Burr St, Fairfield.

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