article and photo by Nell Doyle
NCAMN is proud to welcome yet another full class of Naturalists in Training on January 21, 2017. The 30 new members hail from Baxter (16), Boone (3), Marion (6), Searcy (2), Sharp (1), and Stone (2) Counties and include 18 women and 12 men.
The curriclum includes classes on geology, eco-regions, entomology, herpetology, mycology, ornithology, archeology and botany. Also among the 14 classes are special sessions on tree and wildflower identification, mammals, balance in nature and interpretation. Hands on training includes birding, frog calls, trail maintenance and stream analysis.
Instructors come from a variety of backgrounds in such state agencies as Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Geological Survey, Game and Fish Commission, University of Arkansas, State Parks, and Forestry Commission, as well as the Master Gardener organization. Several presenters are NCAMN members with special expertise in trail and stream work, frog calls, botany, birding, wildflowers and website use training.