Introducing the Northwest Piedmont Master Naturalist Program

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We are excited to announce the launch of the Northwest Piedmont Master Naturalist Program—an immersive and educational initiative designed for individuals passionate about the environment, biodiversity, and community stewardship.

Northwest Piedmont Master Naturalist Program Logo of a pineconeEmpowering individuals passionate about nature, the Northwest Piedmont Master Naturalist Program is dedicated to fostering a community of trained volunteers and environmental professionals committed to understanding, preserving, and enriching our local ecosystems. Our mission is to provide comprehensive education in natural sciences, ecology, and environmental stewardship, equipping Master Naturalists with the knowledge and skills to actively contribute to conservation efforts. Through hands-on training and volunteer engagement, we aim to create a network of citizen scientists and environmental educators devoted to promoting environmental awareness, sustainable practices, and a profound appreciation of the diverse landscapes that define our region. Together, we strive to positively impact the well-being of our natural world and inspire others to join us in safeguarding our community’s precious resources.

Program highlights:

  • Two-part course from February-May and August-November of 2024
  • Eight field experiences and seven online classroom sessions for a total of 60 hours
  • Instruction by our region’s top naturalists
  • Certification option available
  • Volunteer hours or Impact Project required
  • Membership in Northwest Piedmont Master Naturalist Association with opportunities for advanced training in specific natural history topics
  • Limited, partial scholarships are available

Applications are now open. Visit our website to learn more about the program, view the tentative schedule, and to submit your application.

Please contact Rebecca Craps at or 336-703-2858 with questions.

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