Registration is open for the Montana Audubon Center’s Montana Master Naturalist Program, taking place in spring.
The 10-week course introduces participants to local geology, ecology and natural history. Originally developed by the Montana Natural History Center in Missoula, the program has been adapted to cover the mountains, rivers and prairies of the Billings region.
Students will spend time observing the natural world and developing skills to interpret local flora, fauna and landscape. At course completion, students may opt to receive official Master Naturalist certification and to serve as a naturalist volunteer in the community.
The course will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 20-May 22, and will also include two full-day field trips on Saturday, April 28, and Saturday, May 19.
The cost to participate is $250. Montana Audubon members can receive a 10 percent discount. Official naturalist certification is available from the Montana Natural History Center for an additional $100. Participants may also earn OPI credits or professional development credits through Montana State University Billings Extended Campus.
To register, or for more information, go to mtaudubon.org.