Thanks to my new found endeavors with twitter, I've recently learned that Ontario Nature has partnered with Lakehead University in Orillia to offer an Ontario Master Naturalist Program.
It would seem that this is following in the footsteps of other "master naturalist" programs around North America. I had personally looked at the program offered in Florida, but it would seem to be offered by most states as well as some localized places in Canada (not to mention the registered professional biologist certification in British Columbia).
As you could imagine, becoming a certified "Master Naturalist" must be a fairly strenuous endeavor, right? Let's take a look:
"The program was established to recognize a superior level of knowledge and commitment among naturalists through a designation of Master Naturalist."
Sounds good to me...
"The OMNP involves a six-module course of study, along with a 30-hour volunteer commitment. Each of the six modules consists of a half-day session that combines class instruction and field observation."
What the duck?! Master-Naturalist status after three days worth of study? What the heck could you possibly learn after three days?
"Participants must complete all six modules."
- Module 1 – Ontario Landscapes:
Saturday, May 2, 2015
- Module 2 – Botany and Local Plants:
Saturday, May 9, 2015 & June 13, 2015
- Module 3 – Amphibians and Reptiles:
Saturday, May 16, 2015
- Module 4 – Birds:
Saturday, May 30, 2015
- Module 5 – Water and Wetlands:
Saturday, June 13, 2015
- Module 6 – Invertebrates: Insects and Related Species:
Saturday, June 20, 201
Nearly very Saturday...For half a day.... In freakin Orillia... From the beginning of MAY to the end of JUNE????? What self-respecting Ontario Naturalist has time to spare during May and June?
Ok.. I've settled down again. I'm sure the intentions of this program are nothing but the best. I expect many a young (or older) person will take part, and will be quite excited to add "Master Naturalist" to their resume or profile, but I still can't help but think this will inevitably cloud/confuse the situation for people less familiar with what being a naturalist truly means...
But hey! For now, if you have $200 and 20 hours to spare, you too can become an Ontario Master Naturalist. Check back for my next blog post when notification of the advanced "Super Master Naturalist" program is announced.
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