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Master Naturalist Program

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Applications for 2014 are now open

About the Program

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Edmonton's natural areas have tremendous ecological, social, educational and economic value. To preserve this value, it is up to us as a community to be good stewards of these ecologically-rich areas!

As a step in this direction, the City of Edmonton offers a "learn and serve" program for Edmontonians who are interested in learning more about ecology and naturalization in our city, and being involved in the stewardship of local natural areas.

Master Naturalists attend 35 hours of training and field trips, and in turn volunteer for 35 hours in activities that support natural areas management, protection, and education. They help to build community capacity, knowledge and enthusiasm for ongoing stewardship of local natural areas.

Volunteer hours must be completed by the September of the year following the course (Master Naturalists have 14 months to complete their volunteer service).

Program Details

The Master Naturalist course is held at MacEwan University (City Centre Campus), with field trips to local natural areas. It is taught by an excellent team of community members and City employees with expertise and experience in natural area stewardship.

The course takes place during the first three weeks in June each year; Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30pm and full-day Saturdays, for a total of nine sessions.

Master Naturalist Program Brochure (Note: This brochure is 2 pages long - don't miss the second page!)

How to Apply

Applications for 2014 are open. To apply, please submit completed application form. Deadline for applications is April 22, 2014.


For more information:

Office of Biodiversity

Email naturalareas@edmonton.ca