West Central Indiana Master Naturalist Workshop

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West Central Indiana Master Naturalist Workshop

Written by Mr. Phil Cox:

West Central Indiana Master Naturalist Workshop Starts September 7 (schedule/registration form is attached to this email)

The West Central Indiana Master Naturalist Workshop starts on Wednesday, September 7th and will continue for a total of eight afternoon classes, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, on most Wednesdays through November 2.  The Indiana Master Naturalist program is sponsored by Indiana Resource Conservation & Development Councils, Indiana Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources with the mission to bring together natural resources specialists with adult learners to foster an understanding of Indiana’s plants, water, soils and wildlife, and promote volunteer service within the State of Indiana.  For more information about the Indiana Master Naturalist program see www.in.gov/dnr/parklake/6321.htm .

The West Central IMN Workshop will rotate between Parke (Turkey Run State Park Nature Center), Vigo (Dobbs Park Nature Center) and Vermillion (Clinton Public Library) Counties.  Classes include: Indiana Geology& the Impact of Glaciation, The Diverse Botany of Indiana’s Natural Regions, Orchids of Indiana, Indiana’s Native Mammals, Reptiles, and Amphibians, Invasive Plant Management & Restoration Techniques, The Vascular Flora of Turkey Run State Park, The Use of Dendrochronology as an Environmental Monitor, Conservation of Wetlands & Their Wildlife, Wings Across the Sky: Birds of Indiana, Protecting What Remains: Inventory & Preservation and Stewards of Nature, and Meet Plain Ol’ Charlie Deam.  Field trips associated with these classes are to the following: Atherton Island Natural Area, Turkey Run State Park, Dobbs Memorial Park, and Sugar Creek.

Presenters include Henry Loope (Indiana Geological & Water Survey), Mike Homoya & John Bacone (both Indiana Division of Nature Preserves (retired)), Brian MacGowan (Purdue University), Carissa Lovett (Dobbs Park Nature Center), Stephanie Schuck (State of Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management), Aaron Douglass (Turkey Run State Park), Dr. Jim Speer (Indiana State University), Kathryn Mudica (Indiana State University), Barny Dunning (Purdue University), and Jody Heaston (Indiana Division of State Parks).

This course is open to all adults that have an interest and would like to learn more about Indiana’s natural resources, as no previous naturalist experience is required.  All students will receive a gently used copy of The Natural Heritage of Indiana (1997), edited by Dr. Marion T. Jackson, as a text book.  Students will be able to learn first-hand from two contributors to this book, as both Mike Homoya and John Bacone will be presenting.  There is a registration fee of $60 per person and a discount for couples ($100 per couple sharing materials), which covers the costs of all books, materials, and other fees.  However, the Turkey Run State Park entry fee (or a 2022 State Park Pass) is required for the classes (5) held there.  The number of participants is limited and will be taken on a first-come first-served basis.  The deadline for registration is August 31.  A detailed schedule and registration form can be found on the Vermillion County Extension webpage at www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/vermillion . If you have questions or you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program contact Vermillion County Extension Educator, Phil Cox at 765-492-5330 or cox119@purdue.edu.  Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.”

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