2016 Kent Master Naturalist Program

Date: June 25, 2016 - August 27, 2016
Time: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Nature settings around the Grand Rapids area
Contact: Ginny Wanty, 616-632-7873, wanty@anr.msu.edu

Join us for the 2016 MSU Extension Master Naturalist events!

What is the Master Naturalist Program?
The MSU Extension Master Naturalist Program is similar to the Master Gardener program only with a focus on conservation and the environment. To earn Master Naturalist certification, participants must attend 25 hours of education (six classes), complete 30 hours of volunteering in an approved conservation setting and then pass a take-home final exam.

The Master Naturalist program consists of a series of six classes which are offered on six different Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., from April - August. The class fee is $215.

2016 Kent County Master Naturalist Program Topics and Dates:
• April 23:  Overview of Conservation Theory & Practice
• April 30:  Woodland Wildflowers
• June 4:   Native Trees and Shrubs
• June 25: Michigan Wetland Habitats
• July 16:  Prairie Environments
• Aug 6:    Invasive Plant Species

Each class location varies but all locations are considered nature settings around the Grand Rapids area. Upon completing payment and registration, participants will be notified one week prior to the program with the exact program location.

If interested in becoming a Master Naturalist, please register for this series of classes below.


We are also offering 4 supplemental Master Naturalist classes
where you can learn more about Michigan amphibians, butterflies, the Great Lakes and tree ID.  These classes are open to the public and not required to become a Master Naturalist.  You must register separately for each class you choose from the selection below.  No registrations or payments will be accepted at the class.

Frogging for Amphibians ($35)
Learn to identify amphibians by sight and sound, about the biology and ecology of Michigan Amphibians, different species and why they sing.
Date and time:  Saturday May 7, 2016, 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Cornerstone University and Cannon Township pond

Butterflies, Caterpillars and Moths ($35)
Join us for the opportunity to learn more about caterpillars, their host food preferences and what you can do to increase the diversity of these insects in your garden.
Date and time:  Saturday July 23, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:  Kent MSU Extension Office, 775 Ball Avenue NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Great Lakes Issues and Ecology ( $40)
Learn about water quality, invasive species and the connection between watersheds, rivers and the Great Lakes. See how the water quality of Lake Michigan compares to local waters and learn more about the challenges that are looming on the horizon for the Great Lakes.
Date and time:  Saturday August 20, 2016, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:  Loutit District Library - Grand Haven and Harbor Island

ID that Tree! ($35)
Join us to build on your knowledge of trees and learn how to use a key to identify common trees by examining leaves, bark and branching patterns.  
Date and Time:  Saturday August 27, 2016, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location:  Cornerstone University and Provin Trails

If you have questions regarding the Master Naturalist program or the supplemental classes, please contact Ginny Wanty at 616-632-7873 or at wanty@anr.msu.edu.


Scroll down and click on the corresponding button to make your selection and register for one class.   If you wish to sign up for more than one class, you must come back to this registration site and register separately for each class you choose.

No registrations or payments will be accepted at the classes and your seat is not reserved until your balance is paid in full. 


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