First class completes Master Naturalist Training at Connecticut Audubon Society in Fairfield

Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield congratulates its first class of graduates from the nationally recognized Master Naturalist Training Program.

On May 26, the 11 class members, from Fairfield and surrounding communities, received their certification after completing more than 40 hours of both classroom and field training led by environmental education and conservation professionals from around the state. Following the formal program, graduates will be applying their knowledge and skills in volunteer capacities at Connecticut Audubon’s Center at Fairfield that are varied and tailored to interest. They could include leading nature walks and education events in the Larsen Sanctuary, building birdhouses, or helping behind the scenes in the office or Nature Store.

Master Naturalist training is for people of all experience levels who want to expand their knowledge of the habitats, plants, animals and natural history of their local community. It offers the rewards of sharing that knowledge through teaching others about the stewardship of our natural resources, and provides the opportunity to work with, and meet others, who share the same interests.

Nelson North, the Center at Fairfield’s director of operations, praised the Master Naturalist graduates saying, “Our community will benefit greatly from the time, effort and enthusiasm these class members have put into their training. Their contributions as educators and conservationists will inspire others to feel a greater connection to the beauty and wonder of Connecticut’s natural world and to the importance of preserving it on any scale, from protected sanctuaries to backyards.”

Graduates of the Master Naturalist training program are: Joe File, Mary Hogue, Jane Purcell, Nancy Sargent (Fairfield); Carol Hamilton (Easton); Susan Ernst, Meral Prewitt, Vinny Manjony (Stratford); Tim Rodgers (Monroe); Susan Carlson (Scarborough, N.Y.); Tony Pappantoniou (Hartsdale, N.Y.).

Visit Connecticut Audubon Society’s website at www.ctaudubon.org for a complete list of our upcoming programs and special events.

Eleven area residents recently received Master Naturalist certification from the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield. After 10 weeks of classroom and outdoor training, program graduates will contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service at the Center.

Eleven area residents recently received Master Naturalist certification from the Connecticut Audubon Society’s Center at Fairfield. After 10 weeks of classroom and outdoor training, program graduates will contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service at the Center.

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