Scott Santino - Statewide Trips, Travel and Certificate Programs Manager
Martha Gach - Education Manager and Conservation Coordinator, Broad Meadow Brook
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.
This 12-week certificate program is designed for people who want to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the natural world, build their environmental resume, or work with an environmental group. Each session explores a naturalist topic through assigned readings, lectures, and hands-on field experiences. We'll focus on building a broad base of ecological understanding and the skills needed to properly communicate about the environment.
Through lectures and hands-on field work, you will gain a comprehensive, integrated understanding of: general ecology, dendrology, botany, ornithology, entomology, herpetology, mammalogy, mycology, freshwater ecology, climate and climate change.
Through certification, you will:
Develop a sound knowledge base of Massachusetts' ecology and natural history
Gain the tools to continue learning about the environment on your own
Learn field research techniques and methodologies
Understand and be able to articulate the importance of sound ecological management principles, climate change resilience, and land protection
Enhance your ability to advocate for the environment
In addition to fulfilling all the coursework, participants will need to complete 40 hours of independent environmental stewardship/volunteer work to become a fully certified Field Naturalist.
Registration is required.
Instructions and Directions:
Field days (4/8, 4/22, 5/6, 5/20, 6/3, 6/10) will take place at Mass Audubon Central region sanctuaries. All other dates will take place online. You will receive the Microsoft Teams Link to log into the program in your confirmation. An email reminder will also be sent to you 24 hours before program start.