The 2009 Southwestern Piedmont Master Naturalist Class is now forming. The basic training course is a series of natural history related classes (rocks, weather, birds, trees, just to name a few) that will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 at the museum with a few Saturday field trips too. The tuition fee for the training course is $100.00 which will cover class materials and expenses. Contact Christy Deatherage for an application at (276) 634-4187 ; they are due August 7th. The first class will be August 18th and is an introduction to the Master Naturalist program.
This program is a wonderful opportunity for community members that share interests and volunteers to learn, share, and work together. For example, last year SPMN partnered with Dan River Basin Association, Master Gardeners, and the museum to produce a Virginia Southwestern Piedmont pocket naturalist guide. The chapter has also partnered with Piedmont Arts Association, City of Martinsville, the museum, and Master Gardeners to work on the Piedmont Art and Natural History Garden.
Submitted by: Christy Deatherage