Published on February 27, 2020

Drumlin Farm to Host Field Naturalist Certificate Program

Field Naturalist Certificate Program logo

During the 11-week Field Naturalist Certificate (FNC) Program, you'll gain in-depth knowledge of organismal groups and how they are connected while taking part in field research, monitoring, and communication training.  

Mass Audubon Certified Field Naturalists will make a difference in their community through volunteer service projects that support our local natural resources. Upon successful completion of the classes, fieldwork, and volunteering component, you will receive certification, signifying your expertise as a Field Naturalist.

Areas of study include general ecology, trees, plants, fungi, aquatic ecology, insects, amphibians and reptiles, mammals, birds, climate, and interpretation, among others. We'll focus on building a broad base of ecological understanding and communicating about the environment.

Who Should Attend

Field Naturalist Certificate participant looking at a salamander

This college-level course is geared to anyone looking to gain deeper knowledge of the natural world in a professional setting. Ideal for those who want to take a more active role in habitat management, educational programming, advocacy, and citizen science as a volunteer or for those that are beginning a career in the environmental field.

2020 Course Dates

The certification program runs from April 7–June 20. Classes meet Tuesday evenings (6:30-9 pm) at Drumlin Farm in Lincoln and every other Saturday (9 am-4 pm) at locations around Greater Boston.

In addition to the course meetings, all participants are required to complete 40 hours of independent environmental stewardship/volunteer work.

Tuesday, April 7, 6:30-9 pm Tuesday, May 19, 6:30-9 pm
Tuesday, April 14, 6:30-9 pm Tuesday, May 26, 6:30-9 pm
Saturday, April 18, 9 am-4 pm Saturday, May 30, 9 am-4 pm
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30-9 pm Tuesday, June 2, 6:30-9 pm
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30-9 pm Tuesday, June 9, 6:30-9 pm
Saturday, May 2, 9 am-4 pm Saturday, June 13, 9 am-4 pm
Tuesday, May 5, 6:30-9 pm Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-9 pm
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30-9 pm Saturday, June 20, 9 am-4 pm
Saturday, May 16, 9 am-4 pm

Cost & Registration

$1,200 Mass Audubon Members
$1,440 Nonmembers

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