Education

Audubon Naturalist Program

Learn how you can become a certified Audubon Naturalist.
2016 Naturalists visiting beaver impoundment at headwaters of the Coldwater River of Strawberry Plain's Mitigation Property
Education

Audubon Naturalist Program

Learn how you can become a certified Audubon Naturalist.
Photo: Mitch Robinson

Audubon Naturalist Course

Our Audubon Naturalist series is returning in 2018 with new topics, speakers and opportunities, focusing on the diversity of our local area. 2017 was our largest graduating class to date and we're looking forward to another fantastic session for the upcoming spring!

This program is designed for educators, conservation professionals, college students, outdoor enthusiasts, and everyone interested in learning more about our local ecosystems. Through ten Friday classes, participants meet at SPAC for survey courses on our local habitats.  From watershed ecology to climate, habitat succession to geology, the Naturalist Program teaches the processes that create and affect our landscape and its inhabitants. Participants will graduate knowing the key players in ecological relationships, understanding concepts like land use change, native vs. exotic species, and an array of topical issues affecting our local environment. Classes are instructed by leaders in their field, including professional and university biologists, geologists, ecologists, and local experts, who volunteer their time to support this unique opportunity.

        Extensive course material will be provided, including eight field guides valued at well over $150. 

When: ten Fridays between March 16th - May 25th (excluding May 18th for our Spring Native Plant Sale)

Where: Strawberry Plains Audubon Center (interspersed with field trips)

Times: 9am-3pm (occasionally times may vary)

Cost: $275 (includes 8 Field Guides and Course Materials)

Registration: contact Mitch Robinson mrrobinson@audubon.org, 662-252-1155

Course Topics:

  • Plant ID
  • Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrology
  • Weather, Climate, and Global Phenomena
  • Basic Ecological Principles
  • Introduction to Habitats
  • Survey of Fauna
  • Watersheds and Water Quality
  • Habitat Regulation & Management
  • Exotic and Invasive Species
  • Endangered/Threatened Species
  • Environmental Education

All participants will be certified as Audubon Naturalists upon completion of the program.

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