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Central Carolinas Master Naturalist Program

Logo for Central Carolinas Master Naturalist ProgramProgram Description

​The Central Carolinas Master Naturalist program is an adult certification program administered by Mecklenburg County​ Park and Recreation Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources. Through its partnership with Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), the program is offered each spring as an accredited college course through CPCC's Corporate and Continuing Education department. ​

The mission of the Central Carolinas Master Naturalist program is to train individuals to become well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the understanding and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within Mecklenburg and the surrounding 14 counties ("Central Carolinas"). Master Naturalists are individuals with a passion for the natural world that use their knowledge gained through the program to give back to the community through volunteer service.

Certification Requirements​

To become a Certified Central Carolinas Master Naturalist, individuals must complete the following three program components:

1)    Basic Training Course:  A 14-week/84-hour training course taught by a variety of local experts. Classes meet one day per week at various locations within and around Mecklenburg County. Each class combines classroom and field experience. Attendance is mandatory. Classes offered as part of the basic training course include:


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​Natural HistoryWeather & Climate​
​OrnithologyBotany​
​Geology & Soil ScienceAquatic Ecology​
​Forest Ecology​Herpetology​​​
​MammalogyEntomology​
​SustainabilityHabitat Stewardship​
​Land Use & Urban SystemsInterpretation & Teaching Skills​​
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Contact hours earned through the basic training course can be applied toward certification/re-certification requirements for the North Carolina Environmental Education Certification and the National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide programs.

2)    Volunteer Service:  A minimum of 40 volunteer service hours must be completed within one year of the last day of the basic training course then on an annual basis for re-certification. Volunteer service must be conducted within the specified program area of the Central Carolinas. Volunteer service projects focus on the following key areas:

Citizen Science   Stewardship   Environmental Education

3)    Advanced Training/Continuing Education:  A minimum of eight hours advanced training must be completed within one year of the last day of the basic training course then on an annual basis for re-certification.

Pr
ogram Benefits ​

Participants of the Central Carolinas Master Naturalist program not only increase their knowledge in natural history, natural resource management and teaching skills, they also interact and network with fellow naturalists and local organizations with similar interests. Master Naturalists make a difference in the community through education and stewardship and assist the public in understanding and appreciating the natural environment. Master Naturalists are valued for their natural resource knowledge and dedication. They truly are "Master Volunteers."

Additional benefits include earning college credits, a certificate of completion as a Certified Central Carolinas Master Naturalist, official name badge, Central Carolinas Master Naturalist T-shirt and naturalist field guides.

Qu
alifications

  • Must be 18 or older. Youth, ages 14 – 17, may be accepted under special conditions.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Must have access to transportation and internet.
  • Must have a background or strong interest in natural history.
  • Must have a willingness to learn and a desire to share knowledge with others.
  • Possess or be able to learn communication and public speaking skills.
  • Previous volunteer or community service experience preferred, but not required.

 
To Apply​

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The application deadline date for the 2017 Master Naturalist Basic Training Course was January 5, 2017. Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2017 Course. Please check back this Fall for an application announcement for the 2018 Basic Training Course. You may also contact the Master Naturalist Program Coordinator and request to have your information added to the email list to receive a notification when the next application process is open.

Individuals interested in becoming a Central Carolinas Master Naturalist should complete and submit the following online forms:

Information submitted on the Volunteer Enrollment Form will be used to conduct criminal background checks. Applicants will be notified by Mecklenburg County Human Resources regarding the status of their criminal background check. Applicants that do not pass are ineligible to participate in the Central Carolinas Master Naturalist program.​

All eligible applicants will be notified of their selection status. After notification, accepting applicants will be required to pay 50% deposit within 10 days of acceptance notification. The remaining balance is required within 30 days of the first day of the basic training course.

Cancellation & Refund Policy:  Individuals needing to cancel should do so in writing (email) to the Master Naturalist Program Coordinator. Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the first day of the basic training course. Payment(s) received will be refunded minus a 10 percent administrative cost. No refunds will be given if cancellation is less than 30 days. A $25 fee is charged for all returned checks.

Pro
gram Contact Information

Erin Hall, Master Naturalist Program Coordinator

9001 Plaza Road Ext.
Charlotte, NC  28215

Phone:  704-566-9064
Fax:  704-536-3164​​

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Address

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation 5841 Brookshire Blvd Charlotte, NC 28216

Contact

Nature Preserves
980-314-1000