Adkins Arboretum to Offer Maryland Master Naturalist Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD - NOVEMBER 29, 2010)

Adkins Arboretum has been named the first host site for the Maryland Master Naturalist Program for the Coastal Plain. The program provides training for volunteers who want to learn and share knowledge of the natural world in Maryland.

Individuals accepted into the Master Naturalist training course receive 48 hours of instruction, including hands-on outdoors experience. All classes are taught by experts in the subject. The curriculum includes sessions on Maryland’s natural history, flora and fauna, principles of ecology, human interaction with the landscape, the science of science, and teaching and interpretation. After training, participants serve as University of Maryland Extension volunteers in their communities.

Master Naturalist training sessions will be held Thursdays from Feb. 3 through March 31 at the Arboretum in Ridgely. The program fee is $200. For more information or to obtain an application, visit http://masternaturalist.umd.edu or contact Ginna Tiernan, Adkins Arboretum Adult Program Coordinator, at 410-634-2847, ext. 27 or gtiernan@adkinsarboretum.org.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.