Midlands Master Naturalist Program
Sponsor: South Carolina Wildlife Federation
Location: Columbia, SC
Date: March - June
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (times will vary)
Contact: Sara Green, Director of Education
Phone: (803) 609-4778
Based out of Columbia, the Midlands Master Naturalist Class is held on Fridays, March to June, from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm (times will vary, but no later than 3:00 pm). The Midlands course is hosted by the South Carolina Wildlife Federation and taught by experts in the fields of natural history, botany, biology, forestry, and geology.
The goal of the course is to train participants to be better naturalists. No prerequisite or prior knowledge is required. Students will learn identification skills, ecological concepts, and natural history of the plants, animals, and ecosystems encountered. Students will see how this knowledge can be applied to manage for wildlife and to ensure that human impacts on our Earth are sustainable. Through the established connections, participants will develop the skills necessary to become lifelong students of nature and environmental volunteers in their community. The fee of $600 for the course covers the cost of the Midlands Master Naturalist Course Book, four excellent field guides, a hand lens, and entrance fees to field trip sites. The class has limited capacity and will take 20 people in the order that they register. Classes will be held at parks and natural areas across the Midlands – we will explore the swamplands of the Congaree, the lilies of Landsford Canal, the granitic domes of Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve, and much more.
PARTICIPANTS MUST BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE – MANY CLASSES INVOLVE LENGTHY HIKES OF SEVERAL MILES WITH MODERATE DIFFICULTY. Because you are training to be naturalists, you will traverse the wild country and should be prepared to encounter moderate heat, briars, mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, etc. DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS CLASS IF YOU CANNOT SUSTAIN THESE CONDITIONS.
The Midlands Master Naturalist course is part of the statewide Master Naturalist Program. Participants completing the class and 30 hours of approved volunteer service will receive Master Naturalist certification and will be eligible to join a local chapter and participate in advanced training corpses.
Please click here to view the SC Wildlife Federation web page with additional registration information.