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Montana Master Naturalist Certification Program

March 27 - May 15, 2024

 O'Hara Commons, Montana Natural History Center and Elena Ulev of Blue Heron Nature Tours are excited to announce this new offering in the Bitterroot Valley.

The focus of  the Montana Master Naturalist Certification Program is to increase natural history knowledge and promote awareness, understanding, and stewardship of Montana’s natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities.

 

The Montana Master Naturalist Program is designed for adults who want to stoke their curiosity, deepen their knowledge of the natural world, and give back to their communities in new ways. The course provides participants with the skills to interpret Montana’s flora, fauna, and landscape. In addition to lectures and in-class labs, there will be focused, intensive field days and field weekends.

 

Official Master Naturalist Certification from the Montana Natural History Center is included in the course fee. To maintain their certification, Montana Master Naturalists are required to log 20 hours of volunteer service and participate in 8 hours of continuing education annually.

Tuition: $375, O'Hara Members, $400 non-members. Become a member Here

O'Hara Commons and Blue Heron Nature Tours are able to offer one full scholarship. Contact us Here for details. 

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The Syllabus

Mondays and Wednesdays. March 27 - May 15. 2 - 4 PM.

Wednesday, March 27th: Introduction to Montana Master Naturalist course and nature journaling exercises, O’Hara Commons 4:00-6:00 pm

 

Monday, April 1st: Beginning Birdwatching lecture- identifying birds by family, field marks, habitat and behavior, O’Hara Commons 4:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 3rd: Birding field trip to Lee Metcalf (Wildlife Viewing Area) 4:00-6:00 pm

 

Monday, April 8th: Birding by Ear lecture- identifying birds by their vocalizations and identifying waterfowl, O’Hara Commons 4:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 10th: Birding field trip, Doyles Slough and Riverside Park (Lolo) 4:00-6:00

 

**Saturday, April 13th: Full day birding field trip to Lee Metcalf (Kenai Trail), 9:00 am- 2:00 pm and Guest Speaker TBD

 

Monday, April 15th: Introduction to Insects- identification by order and physiology,

O’Hara Commons 4:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 17th: Guest speaker TBD,

O’Hara Commons 4:00-6:00 pm

 

Monday, April 22nd: Mammals of Montana lecture and lab: identify mammals by physical characteristics and their skulls

Wednesday, April 24th: No class

 

Monday, April 29th: Tree, Shrub and Lichen Identification lecture and lab,

O’Hara Commons 4:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday, May 1st: Botany field trip to Bass Creek 4:00-6:00 pm

  

Monday, May 6th: Introduction to Flower Identification lecture and lab- O’Hara Commons 4:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday, May 8th: Botany field trip to Soft Rock (Corvallis) 4:00-6:00 pm

 

**Saturday, May 11th: Full day botany field trip at Larry Creek, 9:00 am-2:00 pm

 

Monday, May 13th: Naturalist Saunter Test, Lee Metcalf Wildlife Viewing Area 4:00-6:00 pm

Wednesday, May 15th: Awards and potluck,

O’Hara Commons 4:00-6:00 pm

The People

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