Our Master Naturalist certification courses consist of at least 40 hours of instruction in a mix of lectures, in-class labs, and outdoor field trips. We’ll cover a wide breadth of topics with the goal of giving you an essential foundation of skills and knowledge on which you can build.
Taught by MNHC Naturalist Christine Morris, the second Spring 2017 Master Naturalist Class runs from February 9 – May 11. This 12-week course meets on Thursdays from 4-7pm (with no class on March 23, the week of UM's spring break) as well as 3 full-day Sunday field trips (dates TBA).
See our local forests in new light as you learn about the role our conifers play in a coordinated ecology with fire and snow pack moisture. Or marvel in the diversity of lichen. Spend an entire day identifying winter raptors in the Mission valley. Become attuned to bird songs and butterfly wings. Get a handle on flower identification by recognizing patterns in form.
Throughout the course you will put together understanding of the various strands of our western Montana ecology and gain proficiency in a suite of naturalist skills.
View a sample syllabus here.
Guest instructors include botanists Greg Peters and Peter Lesica, birder Brian Williams, naturalists extraordinaire Charles Miller and Valerie Bayer, and track expert Adam Lieberg.
The class will be be based at the Montana Natural History Center. Travel to field sites will be by MNHC bus.
Full payment due upon registration. The course fee (minus a $100 administrative fee) is refundable ONLY if a cancellation is made 30 days before the first day of class. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after this deadline.
3 UM credits available (pending approval).
This course is listed at UM ENST 391. A $135 fee is required to the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning to take the class for credit. Payment and information will be collected at the first class.
Some scholarships are available–please contact us at 327.0405 for details.