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Notebook: Junior master naturalist registration deadline extended

Statement issued Thursday:

Allen County Parks and Recreation Department will extend the deadline for registering for the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist program. Originally the deadline was March 26th but we will extend that date until April 9, 2010.

Classes begin April 14, 2010.

The Junior Indiana Master Naturalist (JIMN) Program can provide children with many hands-on opportunities to learn about our Hoosier natural resources. It also provides a way for them to discover, through volunteer service, the land trusts, soil and water conservation districts, state and local parks, or other natural resource and conservation agencies in Indiana. The purpose of IMN includes:

• Provide an introduction to Hoosier natural resources through the eyes of resource professionals and experts in the field

• Provide a fun and educational opportunity for individuals ages 9-13.

• Provide an opportunity for course participants to establish a short or long-term partnership with a natural resources agency or local organization involved in natural resource management by volunteering six hours of service as a part of the course

The program includes eight classes over six different days. The fee is $70.00 and includes three books, class materials and handouts.

Please pre-register by calling Fox Island County Park at 449-3180

For more information, visit the Junior Indiana Master Naturalist page at www.allencountyparks.org

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