University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist course

If you would like to learn more about wildlife, prairies and other aspects of the natural environment, you are encouraged to attend the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist course. The course will be held on Tuesday evenings from August 30 to October 25, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Greene County Extension office, Route 67 North, Carrollton. In addition, four field day events will be included.

The curriculum covers topics such as: ecological concepts and ethics; weather and climate; ecosystems such as forests, prairies and wetlands; geology and soils; human history and prehistory; and other traditional naturalist disciplines (e.g. botany, mammology, and entomology).

The four field days will consist of daylong (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) trips to various places to provide activities in forestry, archaeology, prairies and wildlife. Registrants should plan to participate in at least three of the four field days. Dates for field days are September 10 and 23, and October 1 and 15.

Registration is $175 per person which is less than the normal $250/person cost! Each person will receive a binder of course materials.

Maximum registration is 20 people.

To register online, visit or call 217-243-7424.

Registration deadline is August 5, 2016. For more information on the Illinois Master Naturalist program, visit

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