Montour County: PA Mater Naturalist Training

Pennsylvania Master Naturalist, a nonprofit organization, is partnering with Montour Area Recreation Commission to train citizen volunteers in natural resource education and conservation in the spring of 2017 at Montour Preserve.  Adults interested in natural history and dedicating time each year to natural resource education and conservation are encouraged to apply.  The deadline to apply for spring training is January 31, 2017. Training will begin on April 4th and run through June 20th. 

Training is only the first step of becoming a Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteer. To become a certified Master Naturalist volunteer, you must complete an initial 55-hour volunteer training course followed by annual volunteer service and continuing education in the natural sciences. 

Building Volunteer Leadership for Community-based Conservation

Trained Master Naturalists design and pursue a wide variety of service projects from habitat restoration and native plantings, to nature walks and interpretative displays or publications on natural history, to water quality monitoring and supporting the natural resource conservation efforts of partnering organizations.  Since 2010, Pennsylvania Master Naturalist
volunteers in Southeastern Pennsylvania have:

  • engaged in more than 14,000 hours of conservation service
  • contributed over $400,000 in conservation value and impact to regional partners
  • reached over 20,000 people through education and outreach initiatives
  • improved over 600 acres of habitat through stewardship service

Interested Applicants

Once accepted into the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist program, participants (referred to as Trainees during the first year) begin by attending an initial intensive training.  This natural history training includes 55 hours of classroom (weekday evenings) and field sessions (Saturday). Following initial training, participants will engage in 30 hours of service in the first year and 8 hours of continuing education to become certified as a Master Naturalist volunteer.  To maintain their status as Master Naturalist volunteers, participants must complete 20 hours of volunteer service and 12 hours of continuing education each year.

The finalized training schedule along with the application and information about training can be found on Pennsylvania Master Naturalist’s website at under “Become a Master Naturalist.”

 Application deadline for spring training is January 31, 2017.

 For additional information or questions, please contact Michele Richards at or (570)441-3364.