The Nevada Naturalist Program is an adult, environmental education program created to develop a corps of education naturalist volunteers to serve in southern Nevada. The program is a partnership between the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE), Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada State Museum, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and others. The Nevada Naturalist Program is offered in two sessions of instruction created by UNCE with experts in each field of study and with full advisement and review of the partners. Upon completion of the program, participants will be certified to engage in community education programs, environmental restoration and enhancement projects, and other activities deemed necessary by the partners.
How does the program work?
To become a Nevada Naturalist, participants complete a minimum of 60 hours of classes in basic environmental education topics including: ecology, taxonomy, soils, water, endangered species, geology, native plants and animals, insects, invasive species, environmental laws and regulations, adult/child learning techniques, and biological diversity. After completion of session one, students are given the opportunity to complete an optional second session featuring environmental topics including: archaeology, cultural history, paleontology, conservation biology, habitat management, eco-tourism, water harvesting and more. Classes will be held in a variety of settings including classrooms, museums, and in the field. Additionally, students are required to complete a project on an environmental topic of their choice for each session. For both, registration is first-come first serve and limited to 20 people. Session one begins on April 2, 2012 through June 2, 2012 and costs $125.00. Session two will be offered in the fall of 2012.
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