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New faces join ranks of Master Naturalists

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 8:20 a.m. CDT
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New University of Illinois Master Naturalists, from left, Nancy Keiser, Cynthia Nelson, Susan Woodyard, Jill Bier, Marcia Heuer and Nancy Etnyre. Not pictured: Phil Bratta, George Thomas.

University of Illinois Extension celebrated its Master Naturalists with an awards and appreciation evening. The awards event recognized newly certified Master Naturalists in Boone, DeKalb, and Ogle counties. The newly certified Master Naturalists are Jill Bier of Oregon, Phil Bratta of Davis Junction, Nancy Etnyre of Oregon, Marcia Heuer of Oregon, Nancy Keiser of DeKalb, Cynthia Nelson of DeKalb, George Thomas of Belvidere and Susan Woodyard of DeKalb. Each received an official certificate and badge to commemorate the achievement.

Master Naturalist interns are required to complete a rigorous training and 60 hours of volunteer service to the community. Once certified, Master Naturalists are required to complete 10 hours of continuing education and 30 hours of volunteer service annually to maintain their certification.

Master Naturalists share their own time and talents with the communities through natural resources stewardship, educational displays, citizen scientist activities, and other service opportunities.

The next Master Naturalist training will take place starting Aug. 11 in DeKalb County. Registration is open at web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo. For more information, contact Michelle Petragallo at mpetra@illinois.edu or visit web.extension.illinois.edu/bdo/mn.

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