2022 Indiana Master Naturalist

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Feb 1, 2022 Jun 30, 2022 Monroe
Director: Polly Sturgeon
Other Researchers: Ginger Davis, Henry Loope, Todd Thompson Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Funding: Indiana University - Indiana Geological & Water Survey
Issue: A 2019 survey of outreach program participants indicated that more adult-oriented programming was needed. Furthermore, previous efforts to teach Master Naturalist courses have resulted in high travel expense costs.
Objective: This project aims to pilot a new Indiana Master Naturalist program in Monroe County. The 10-week course will be taught in the new IGWS Learning Lab and allow the Survey to expand its adult-oriented programming by connecting natural resource organizations with non-traditional users.
Approach: 10 weekly classes will be offered from March-May 2022. IGWS personnel Thompson, Loope, Davis, and Sturgeon will teach 4 of the classes, with the remaining 6 being taught by cooperating natural resource organizations. Polly Sturgeon will oversee the program and submit certification requirements to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources at the end of the 10-week program.
Benefits: The 2022 Master Naturalist project will allow the IGWS to save on travel expenses, offer new adult programming, and partner with natural resource organizations.