Become a Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Aug 28, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Barnegat Bay is an ecological treasure, with a rich history and an amazing diversity of wildlife. Come explore it! This fall, the Barnegat Bay Partnership, through the Ocean County College Continuing and Professional Education Department, is offering its Barnegat Bay Master Naturalist Program. Registration is open now.

“Led by Barnegat Bay naturalist and educator Becky Laboy, the course will get students out on the bay and around the watershed for a true Barnegat Bay experience,” the BBP explains. “Students will learn about marine life, special habitats such as seagrasses and wetlands, birds and other wildlife, native plant identification, forest resources, soil health, Pinelands ecology and more.”

Course dates are Sept. 4 to Oct. 9, with four Wednesday evening classroom sessions and five Saturday field trips to local parks and nature centers, where participants will hike, kayak, seine and photograph as they learn from experienced naturalists and field ecologists.

The course also includes training in interpretive techniques for educating others about the bay’s resources. Cost is $299. Visit barnegatbaypartnership.org to learn more about the course and how to register.

Taking the course is the first step in becoming a certified master naturalist. After finishing the course, participants who wish to become certified must complete 40 hours of volunteer service within the Barnegat Bay watershed.

For additional information, contact Karen Walzer at kwalzer@ocean.edu or 732-255-0472, extension 2.  —J.K.-H.

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