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Master Naturalist Open House and program set for Jan. 11 in Kearneysville

By Staff | Jan 6, 2017

Eastern Panhandle residents are invited to check out the training and volunteer opportunities offered by West Virginia’s Master Naturalist Program at an Open House in Kearneysville the evening of Wednesday, Jan. 11.

The Open House is being sponsored by the Master Naturalist Program’s Potomac Valley Chapter.

It will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Hospice of the Panhandle facility in Kearneysville.

This will be an opportunity to meet Master Naturalists, see examples of volunteer projects, and get questions answered.

There is no charge and anyone 16 years or older is welcome to attend.

Master Naturalist programs are patterned after the long-established Master Gardener program and operate on a state-by-state basis.

They train individuals in the fundamentals of natural history and nature interpretation as a way of promoting responsible stewardship of natural resources.

West Virginia’s Master Naturalist Program is one of the first in the nation, and the local Potomac Valley Chapter is one of the first chapters in the state: it was established by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society in 2007.

Right after the Open House, at 7 p.m., the Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold a public program in the same room.

The program will feature a showing of an award-winning documentary entitled “Green Fire,” about the famous American Naturalist Aldo Leopold. Afterwards, a panel of Master Naturalists from the Eastern Panhandle will discuss a visit they made this past summer to the Aldo Leopold Foundation, in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

The program will be free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The Hospice facility’s address is 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville. Both of the evening’s events will be held in the main meeting room of the facility’s Main Office building.

There is plenty of parking at the facility.

For more information, go to the PVAS website or contact Krista Hawley at adultprograms@ potomacaudubon.org or 703-303-1026.