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Help Protect our Natural Heritage: Join the Natural Areas Academy

1 year 31 weeks ago

Do you love spending time in the forests, meadows and other natural areas of the Finger Lakes region?  Do you care about preserving the integrity of the natural world and do you want to share this love with others?  If so, consider joining Plantations’ Natural Areas Academy. 

The year long Natural Areas Academy (NAA) consists of dozens of expert-led workshops, field trips, and directed stewardship opportunities designed to provide participants with the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to support efforts in preserving our treasured natural resources. Utilizing Plantations’ Natural Areas as outdoor classrooms, the NAA aims to foster the conservation of natural areas and rare and declining species and their habitats by demonstrating essential stewardship methods, cultivating environmental literacy, and encouraging interactive experience with the natural world.

With their newly gained expertise, the Natural Areas Academy participants will also help to mentor the next generation of scientists, teachers, environmental stewards, and leaders, thereby fulfilling a vital role in the long-term preservation of our natural heritage, our world, and ultimately, our place in it.

A graduate of the 2012 Academy says, “I enjoyed learning to identify flora and fauna in the natural world-…Also the opportunities for stewardship were well conceived and rewarding…Just the right amount of work to get a taste and decide whether to pursue in the future…. I would recommend this program without hesitation.”

Participants in the NAA are expected to work towards the program’s goals over the course of the year.  After the completion of a combined 40 hours of participation in workshops and directed stewardship activities, academy members will receive their Natural Areas Mentor certification and may continue to participate in the NAA as a mentor for no cost. The first NAA workshop will be a mandatory orientation, and will be held on Saturday, March 16.

To learn more or to enroll online, clik here.  Enrollment closes at midnight on Friday, March 8, 2013.