BILOXI, Miss. -- Mississippians interested in working with the state’s natural resources can get in-depth education and certification through an 8-week course.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium will host the Coastal Mississippi Master Naturalist Program from Sept. 3 to Oct. 21.
Participants will meet once a week from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn basic principles of natural resource ecology and management through classroom instruction, field activities and team exercises.
MSU experts and scientists from partner agencies will lead studies of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, insects, geology, native plants, forest ecology, wildlife management, coastal habitats and invasive species. Planned excursions include trips to the MSU Crosby Arboretum, the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and De Soto National Forest, as well as an all-day boat trip in the Mississippi Sound and Gulf of Mexico.
The program is limited to 25 participants. A $200 course fee covers field trips and materials.
For more information, visit the Master Naturalist website or the program's Facebook page. To register, contact program leader Eric Sparks, an assistant professor with the MSU Extension Service and coastal ecology specialist with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 228-546-1025.
The program application can be found here.
A course agenda for 2015 can be found here.