AUGUSTA — The Maine Master Naturalist Program is accepting applications for its 2014-15 program session to be held at Viles Arboretum, 152 Hospital St.

The course provides 72 hours of classroom and outdoor experience, focusing on field natural history: geology, identification of flora and fauna, wetland and upland ecology, ecological principles, and teaching methods. By the end of this certification program, participants will have developed the skills to lead a walk, present a talk, and provide outreach to schools, land trusts, nature centers and parks.

The training, which runs from June 14 through May 27, includes 10 evening classes and seven Saturdays. Tuition costs $350, which covers course texts, handouts, and supplies. Upon enrollment, participants agree to give 40 hours of volunteer service at a conservation nonprofit or school during the year following certification, and must continue to volunteer 20 hours a year to remain active Maine Master Naturalist Volunteers.

Applications are due by March 15. For an application, visit For more information, call Susan Hayward at 782-5238.

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