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Register by Feb. 1 for Master Naturalist training

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:01 am

Openings are still available for those interested for the 2013 Indiana Master Naturalist Program. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 1.

This is an opportunity for adults age 18 and older to learn about Indiana's plants, water, soils and wildlife as well as to offer volunteer service in the community.

To become a certified Indiana Master Naturalist, participants must:

•Pay the $80 course registration fee

•Attend an orientation session 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 12

•Attend a minimum of eight of the nine class sessions 6-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays or 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays Feb. 26-May 14.

•Complete 33 volunteer hours

•Help the community become more educated about nature

•Help promote, plan and maintain and install natural areas

The Allen County Parks Department, and the Fox Island Alliance will be hosts for the training.

The class is limited to 30 people.

Applications may be picked up at the nature centers at Fox Island County Park, 7324 Yohne Road, and Metea County Park, 8401 Union Chapel Road. Applications can also be downloaded at www.allencountyparks.org or at www.foxislandalliance.org.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has more information regarding the statewide program at www.indianamasternaturalist.org.

For more information, call 749-8881, 471-5952 or visit www.allencountyparks.org.