article and photo by Nell Doyle
NCAMN welcomed 28 new Master Naturalists in early May during a potluck picnic celebration at Bull Shoals/White River State Park.
The graduates come from six area counties, including Baxter (14), Boone (3), Marion (6), Searcy (2), Sharp (1) and Stone (2). They completed from 40 to 60 hours of classroom instruction in a variety of topics ranging from archeology and botany to herpetology and zoology, as well as hands-on training in hiking trail maintenance and stream water monitoring.
They join 120 volunteers who work with local, state and federal agencies to monitor water quality, maintain hiking trails, cultivate native and other plant gardens and educate the public about nature and wildlife. The NCAMN chapter was founded in 2009 with 18 members.
Edie Kate Hampton,
Not in photo: Mary Adair, Scott Beall, David and Janine Egerton, Elva and Mike Kelly, Craig Olmstead, Sally Moore and Michelle Skinner