SPAC 2012 Master Naturalist Course

For anyone interested in learning more about the natural world.

2012 Audubon Naturalist Course

Dates: Every Thursday, beginning in April (possible start dates include April 12th or 19th)

Times: Usually 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (occasionally course may go longer, start later or end early)

Where: We will meet at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center most days. Occasionally, we may visit other areas (e.g. Oxford, Wolf River, etc).

Cost: $150/person, to cover books and supplies (Strawberry Plains makes no profit from this course). Please note: Student rate may be available -- Please contact Strawberry Plains for more information.

To Register: Call 662-252-1155 or e-mail


The Audubon Naturalist Course is designed for educators, conservation professionals, college students and generally, anyone who is interested in learning more about the natural world. Over a 10-week period (1 day/week), participants are given a survey course in the natural world – from ecology and biology to meteorology and water quality, with lots more in between! They are taught the processes that form and affect the landscape around them. The course focuses on habitats, native and exotic species and key social and environmental issues affecting the natural world. I think the most exciting parts about this course are the range of topics and the quality of the educators – Classes will be led by state biologists, geologists and ecologists, even a national meteorologist. Guest lecturers will include professors and scholars from local colleges/universities and professionals from the non-profit sector -- These folks are leaders in their fields and we are so lucky that they are in our area and willing to volunteer their time to assist in teaching this valuable program.

Course Topics:

  • Plant ID
  • Geology, Geomorphology, Hydrology
  • Weather, Climate and Global Phenomena
  • Basic Ecological Principals
  • Introduction to Habitats
  • Survey of Organisms
  • Watersheds and Water Quality
  • Habitat Regulation & Management
  • Exotics
  • Endangered/Threatened Species
  • Environmental Education
  • Personal Project Overview

Not only does the course provide information based on our local environment but it also gives participants an opportunity to meet and interact with conservation professionals and other community members active in the outdoors. The course is organized by Chad Pope, Staff Ecologist at Strawberry Plains Audubon Center.

All participants will be certified as Audubon Naturalists upon completion of the program. Space is limited. If you have any additional questions, just let us know.

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