The Western Arkansas Master Naturalists had a busy weekend.
Saturday was the finale for the spring Naturalist in Training class series. The morning session was Nature Interpretation, outlining how to show people the connection between them and the nature around them. Since education is one of the pillars of Master Naturalists, this is a critical skill. The afternoon session was botany, because who does not like dissecting flowers? Our teacher Rose Gergerich also coordinates activities at the Northwest Arkansas Master Naturalist native plant greenhouse. Native plants have advantages such as higher biodiversity, lower maintenance costs and food supplied to native species such as pollinators, so WAMN is very interested in the topic. And the afternoon was capped by the Western Arkansas Master Naturalists graduation, where the Naturalists in Training stepped up to become Master Naturalists. It’s a great class and we expect great things from them.
Sunday the WAMN Stream Team once more headed to Rudy to sample and analyze the waters of Frog Bayou. We were pleased that once again, the waters proved to be of high quality.