Become a Master Urban Naturalist in Seward Park
Are you a Seward Park enthusiast with an interest in Pacific Northwest ecology? Do you like to share what you know with others? Are you over 18 years old?
If you answered yes! to all of these questions, Seward Park Audubon's Master Urban Naturalist (MUN) program is your match. The MUN program provides free beginner level naturalist training classes and certification in exchange for 20 hours of donated service over the course of one year.
Since 2009, Seward Park Audubon has hosted the MUN program as a way to connect Seattle residents to the natural world that exists along our city's streets, in our backyards, and throughout the 277-acre old growth forest of Seward Park. Through MUN we:
- Provide South Seattle & surrounding community with free classes on a variety of naturalist topics, from Birding to Nocturnal Creatures 101, in the hopes that each participant will gain a deeper connection to the natural world & share their experience with others
- Increase Seward Park Audubon's volunteer base & community presence
While Seward Park represents one of the last and largest stands of old growth forest left in Seattle, it's important to recognize the ecological and community effects of its urban location. Being an "urban" naturalist requires the ability to understand the human-environment relationship that dictates the management of all our urban forests. This relationship can only be strengthened through communication & education, which is why Seward Park Audubon further defines an urban naturalist as someone who can share their knowledge with others. Once program participants finish the course series, the Center's teacher naturalists mentor them and train them to assist with the Center's public education programs that include Children’s Tales & Trails, Family Bird Walks, & Owl Prowls.
The 2013 MUN course series begin in late February and are hosted either on Thursday nights or Saturdays through May. Please contact program coordinator Allison McCarthy, gro.nobudua|yhtraccma#gro.nobudua|yhtraccma or call 652-2444 ext. 107 for a course catalog and program application.
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