Natural Resources

Kentucky Cooperative Extension joins 41 other states in offering the Master Naturalist program, an opportunity to advance education, research, and outreach efforts dedicated to the conservation and management of natural resources. A 40-hour course, the program provides participants with the foundation to be part of a community of well-informed citizen volunteers who will promote environmental stewardship.

Jefferson County Cooperative Extension offered a pilot program this fall. More counties will offer the 40-hour course in 2019. Carmen Agourdis, UK extension associate professor of biosystems engineering, offered a three credit-hour course for UK students this fall as well. In addition to completing the course, participants must complete a capstone project and volunteer a minimum of 40 hours with a local organization focused on natural resource conservation and management. The cost is $250, and upon successful completion of the course, participants will become a certified Kentucky Master Naturalist.

-- Jeff Franklin