Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program is still accepting applications

January 03, 2012

The Potomac Valley Master Naturalist Program is still accepting applications for its 2012 classes, but the deadline to apply is fast approaching.

Applications must be postmarked by Saturday, Jan. 14. Candidates will be notified of their selection by Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Instruction will begin in March 2012 and continue monthly through October.

Classes are open to anyone from Jefferson, Berkeley and Morgan counties, W.Va. Interested people who live outside this area are welcome to apply, but they must commit to completing all their volunteer work in West Virginia.

In all, 64 hours of classroom time and 30 hours of volunteer work are required to complete the certification cycle.

Classes are held at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W.Va., Cacapon State Park in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., Yankauer Nature Preserve in northeastern Berkeley County, W.Va., and Cool Spring Farm in southern Jefferson County, W.Va.

Tuition is $300 per person for the full course of instruction. A limited number of scholarships will be available.

Application forms and more details are available on the Potomac Valley Audubon Society website at www.potomacaudubon .org. Scholarship applications are also available online.

For more information email Melanie Snyder at

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