Edmonton’s natural areas are little gems in our neighbourhoods. They allow people of all ages to get back in touch with nature and enjoy a few hours of beauty and serenity in the heart of a busy city.
But keeping these natural areas clean, safe and sustainable is a big job, which is one of the reasons the City of Edmonton’s Office of Biodiversity created the Master Naturalist Program. The program teaches interested Edmontonians more about the ecology of our city and how they can help preserve and steward natural areas.
The Master Naturalist Program, now going into its sixth year, provides 35 hours of free training and field trips to those who have an interest in our natural world. Upon completion of the training, the new Master Naturalists will do 35 hours of volunteer work, helping to steward a natural area in their neighbourhood or perhaps create an educational project about Edmonton’s natural areas.
The training program only runs once a year and space is limited. If you are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist, please visit www.edmonton.ca/masternaturalistprogram. Deadline for applications is on April 22 and training takes place during the first three weeks in June for the 30 successful applicants.
For information about the locations of Edmonton’s natural areas visit http://www.edmonton.ca/environmental/natural_areas/Natural-area-parks.aspx