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Nature Enthusiasts Gather to Learn About Master Naturalist Program

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) - People who are curious about nature and enjoy the outdoors gathered Saturday in Albemarle County to learn about becoming certified in plants, insects, and birds.

The statewide Master Naturalists Program certifies volunteers to provide education and services that benefit conservation.

Master naturalists are required to volunteer 40 hours a year to a number of projects.

“They can do a lot of citizen science like monitoring stream health as recording rainfall and doing backyard bird counts,” says Marilyn Smith, a master naturalist.

Candidates for certification are required to complete a basic training course and pass an exam.

Courses begin February 11 at the Ivy Creek Natural Area.

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