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Naturalist Core Education Begins

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Various locations throughout Fulton, Mason, Peoria, and Tazewell counties

University of Illinois Extension's Naturalist Core Education Training is designed for adults of any age who love to learn about the natural world. The goal of the program is not to teach you everything there is to know about the subjects being covered, but to give you an engaging exposure to Illinois' natural resources that encourages you to seek lifelong learning opportunities. 

The 5-day course will be held Monday, June 10 through Friday, June 14, from 9 am-3 pm each day (with a short lunch break) and will include hands-on learning at natural outdoor areas throughout the four-county unit and digital learning on your own. 

After completing the course you will have the option to further your development and become an Extension Master Naturalist through completion of an internship of 60 volunteer service hours. Participants wanting to become a Master Naturalist volunteer will need to complete an application, background screening, and schedule an interview with Extension Natural Resource Program Coordinator Christine Belless. 

2024 Training Schedule

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