The Wright County Parks & Recreation Department
will serve as host this summer for the annual Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer
Program, which is run by the University of Minnesota Extension Office.
Registration is currently open and the class size is
limited to 16 people, so spots are expected fill quickly for the program. The
course runs from Monday, Aug. 10 through Saturday, Aug. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4
p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. For the eighth
consecutive year, the course will be conducted at Robert Ney Memorial Park
Reserve in Maple Lake Township.
Ney Park will serve as the base for learning about the
Big Woods and Big Rivers, exploring the plants, animals, history, geology,
hydrology and ecology of Minnesota’s deciduous forests and waterways.
Those who complete the six-day course will earn certification
as a Minnesota Master Naturalist Volunteer. MNV’s remain active by volunteering
40 hours a year after being certified.
The schedule includes four short field trips in
addition to a daylong outing in Wright County parks, Lake Maria State Park and
the confluence of the Clearwater and Mississippi Rivers.
The cost for the course is $295 and includes course
manuals and supplies. For those who have difficulty affording the fee for the
course, scholarships are available.
For more information on the Master Naturalist
Volunteer Program, click on the following link for more details: