Minnesota Master Naturalist

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IT - Instructor Training - Hybrid Format

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in person, MN 00000

Are you ready to become a Minnesota Master Naturalist Instructor? With this two-step training you will join a cohort of skilled, experienced environmental educators in delivering these 40-hour biome courses to motivated, engaged adult learners across the state. Robust textbooks and other teaching materials are provided; you will be welcome to customize course delivery based on your location and expertise.

Day 1: October 11 (VIRTUAL)
This all-day Zoom session will provide an overview of the nuts and bolts of the program, including program formats, expectations and resources. Homework between sessions includes making a concrete plan with your colleagues and supervisors for when and how a MN Master Naturalist course can be offered in your setting.

Day 2: October 25 (IN-PERSON)
Bunker Hills Activities Center, 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW, Andover MN 55304
We will gather from 10 am - 4 pm in-person to review course ideas and plans, address naturalist and adult education skills for delivering successful Master Naturalist courses. Lunch is provided.

Full attendance at both sessions is required. Participants must have a relevant degree or equivalent experience as a professional naturalist and must be affiliated with a nature center, park, or other sponsoring organization or agency. A letter of support from this organization is required stating that they support you and will contribute resources (appropriate instructional space, teaching materials, administrative assistance, etc.) to support the training. Letters may be emailed to astrauss@umn.edu before October 1.

Learn more about becoming a Minnesota Master Naturalist Instructor at http://www.minnesotamasternaturalist.org/about/instructor/

Cost is $75 which includes all teaching materials. Your class fee will be refunded if you teach a class within two years of taking the training.

The course cost is $75 and includes course manuals and supplies.

Course Dates:

Meeting from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. on:

Instructor Information

Amy Rager

Amy received a BA in Elementary Education from the College of St. Scholastica and a MEd in Environmental Leadership and Learning from the University of MN. She has worked for cooperative extension for 29 years in various positions, but has always tied her work to the environment.

Andrea Lorek Strauss

Andrea Lorek Strauss grew up playing outdoors at every opportunity. Today, she is an environmental educator with the University of Minnesota Extension with an undergraduate degree in Education and Communication Arts, and a MSEd in Curriculum and Instruction/Outdoor Education. Past work gigs include 9 years with the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN, 2.5 years with the Prairie Ecology Bus Center in southwest Minnesota, and various naturalist roles in the Boston area, northern Minnesota, and New York state.

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Minnesota Master Naturalist


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