Interested in learning more about Connecticut’s plants, animals, natural resources, and wildlife conservation issues? Would you like to reap the benefits of sharing this knowledge through educational outreach, citizen science projects, and volunteer service in your community? If the answer is yes, the Connecticut Audubon Society Naturalist Training Program may be a great opportunity for you!
The 2021 Naturalist Training Course in the Southwestern Connecticut Audubon region welcomes adults of all levels of experience and knowledge. Classes start September 9 and run Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (with one exception) until October 28. Over eight weeks, the program offers the unique advantage of studying in three places rich in biodiversity: Connecticut Audubon’s Birds Sanctuary, the Center at Fairfield’s Larsen Shrine and the Coastal Center at Milford Point.
The 32 hours of teaching are led by environmental educators, natural resource managers and scientists. It incorporates both classroom presentations and hands-on outdoor field experiences. Program topics include: plant and bird identification, habitats and ecosystems, Connecticut geology, mammals, herpetology, bird banding, marine ecosystems, and the history and operations of the Connecticut Audubon Society.
âIt was one of the best courses I’ve taken in my life,â says Meral Prewitt of Stratford, a graduate of a previous class. “Not only did I learn more about nature and my surroundings, but I met a group of exceptional individuals who have similar passions.”
Upon completion of training, graduates receive a certificate of completion and are enrolled in the Connecticut Audubon Society Volunteer Database. Each participant will also work with the program coordinator to identify a project or activity to which they can apply their knowledge and interests and complete the required 10 hours of volunteer work, at any Connecticut Audubon location.
The application deadline is August 31, 2021. Program costs are: $ 260 for Connecticut Audubon Society members and $ 315 for non-members (including a Connecticut Audubon Society membership).
Based in Fairfield, Connecticut Audubon Society is the state’s original and independent Audubon Society. It has seven centers and 20 shrines covering over 3,000 acres; an EcoTravel program in Essex; and an award-winning outdoor conservation education program, Science in Nature.
The Connecticut Audubon Society Naturalist Training prepares adults, of all experience levels, to contribute to environmental education and conservation efforts through volunteer service in their communities.