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Certification program to train Pennsylvanians as nature’s stewards recruits participants in Southern

Updated: May 25, 2021

AVONDALE, Pa. — Become a steward of Pennsylvania’s natural ecosystems and resources through science-based education and volunteer service. Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, a nonprofit organization, will partner with The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County this fall to train citizen volunteers in the natural sciences.

The program certifies citizens as Pennsylvania Master Naturalists. The course will take place from August 18 to October 27. The class will meet weekly on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 8:30 p.m. and for five Saturday field sessions on August 28, September 11 & 25, and October 2 & 16. Social distancing and mask protocols will be observed.

Adults who want to learn about nature, enjoy the outdoors, and want to be a part of natural resource protection are perfect candidates to become Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteers. The deadline to apply is June 1.More information can be found at Scholarships are available. Space is limited so apply today!

Once accepted, trainees will attend a 50-hour course made up of weekly classroom instruction and Saturday field sessions. After the course, participants will take part in 30 hours of service and 8 hours of continuing education to become certified. Master Naturalists must complete 20 hours of service and 12 hours of continuing education each year following to maintain volunteer status.

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist is dedicated to training knowledgeable volunteers committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s natural heritage with partnering organizations. Volunteers perform service including habitat restoration, educational nature walks, and water quality monitoring.

A full training schedule and application information can be found at under “Become a Master Naturalist” and “Training Courses.”

For additional information or questions, please contact Ellyn Nolt, Southeast Program Coordinator, at or 717-368-4899.

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