The Alabama Master Naturalist (AMN) program is a statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect for Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.
To become a fully certified Alabama Master Naturalist typically takes 1 full year, but it may take longer depending on the training regiment and track each participant chooses to follow. A participant starts by completing a 40-basic training course that is offered through Extension.
In addition to the 40-hours of basic training, participants are also required to complete 30 hours of volunteer service during the first year (these hours will be split between a class project and other volunteer opportunities that meet the programs requirements). Once the basic training and the volunteer hours are completed during the first year, each participant will be identified as an Alabama Master Naturalist in Training.
During the next three years, an additional 30 hours of advanced training will also be required to become a fully certified Alabama Master Naturalist. In addition, each AMN will be encouraged to complete a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service as described in the AMN program per year. AMN’s that complete and report their 40 hours of volunteer service per year will be eligible for special benefits associated with the AMN Program.
The Alabama Master Naturalist Program will offer a course in East Central Alabama beginning October 13, 2016. The eight session course will be hosted by the Tallapoosa County Extension office and held on Thursdays either once or twice a month. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and consist of:
- Taxonomy, Botany and Native Plants
- Freshwater Ecosystems and Living Streams
- Forests and Ecosystems
- Birds and Mammals
- Amphibians and Reptiles
- Geology, Soils and Weather
- Alabama’s Cultural Landscape
- Invertebrates (including Insects)
Full course details can be found here in the 2016 Master Naturalist Course Pamphlet. Class locations will be at Wind Creek State Park in Alexander City and other to be determined locations. Cost of this course is $30 per day or $200 for all 8 sessions.
Alabama full or part-time residents who are interested in nature, enjoy the outdoors, and have a desire to help with natural resource management and conservation in Alabama are the perfect candidates to become Alabama Master Naturalists. The AMN Program is open to adults who reside or work in Alabama for at least part of the year. It is open to all adults regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status.
If you are interested in participating in the Master Naturalist Program, participants may register online at the links below OR by calling the Tallapoosa County Extension office at (256) 825-1050. Registration Deadline is Friday, October 7, 2016.
Register for Entire Course ($200):
Register for Individual Classes ($30 each):