Do you enjoy learning about the natural world? If so, consider becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist volunteer.

Anoka Ramsey Community College is hosting a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer Training beginning June 4 at the Coon Rapids campus.

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 ‘Prairies and Potholes’ region. An in-depth overview of the prairie ecosystem will be provided. Through the class, 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 classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 4 to July 11.

For registration assistance call Julie Larson at 320-589-1711 Ext. 2120; 1.888.241.4532, or e-mail

Minnesota Master Naturalist is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension

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