PA Master Naturalist – Press Release

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Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Training Course in Berks County

In the fall of 2017, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is partnering with Berks Nature in Reading, PA to prepare citizens to become volunteer leaders in their communities through natural resource conservation education, citizen science, and stewardship. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is a citizen volunteer initiative with three key components:  an initial 55-hour volunteer training, annual volunteer service, and continuing education in the natural sciences.

Building Volunteer Leadership for Community-based Conservation

Master Naturalist volunteers design and pursue a wide variety of service projects from habitat restoration and native plantings, to nature walks and interpretative displays or publications on natural history, to water quality monitoring and supporting the natural resource conservation efforts of partnering organizations.  Since 2010, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteers in Southeastern Pennsylvania have:

  • engaged in more than 14,000 hours of conservation service
  • contributed over $330,000 in conservation value and impact to numerous regional partners
  • reached over 20,000 people through education and outreach initiatives
  • improved 620 acres of habitat through stewardship service

Interested Applicants

Once accepted into the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, participants begin by attending an initial intensive training.  This natural history training includes 55 hours of classroom (held Thursday evenings) and field sessions (held on Saturdays).  Following this training, participants will engage in 30 hours of service in the first year and 8 hours of continuing education in order to become certified as a Master Naturalist Volunteer.  And, participants complete annual service and continuing education hours to maintain their status as Master Naturalist Volunteers.

Fall training with Berks Nature will begin August 3rd and run through October 19th.   The finalized training schedule along with the application and information about training can be found on Pennsylvania Master Naturalist’s website at under “Become a Master Naturalist.”

Fall 2017 Application Deadline is May 15, 2017.

For additional information or questions, please contact Ellyn Nolt at or (717)368-4899.

Press Release Fall 2017 Berks County

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