• Free master naturalist training

    Apply now through Nov. 30

    Bellevue may be one of Washington’s most populous communities, but residents live alongside an abundance of nature in this “city in a park.” Volunteer master naturalists help maintain that delicate balance by assisting our park rangers with education, habitat restoration and more. Applications are now accepted for training.

    The program, open to adults, will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Jan. 23 through April 9, 5:30-8 p.m. at the Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. SE. Topics include local wildlife, ecology, hydrology, geology, natural resource management and cultural history through in-class lectures, field trips, workshops and restoration projects.

    Volunteers who complete the program will assist park rangers with environmental education and interpretation, habitat restoration and monitoring, nature hikes, wetland monitoring, volunteer projects and canoe tours. Master naturalists are expected to provide 100 hours of community service to Bellevue’s Natural Resource program within two years.

    Ideal candidates will have an enthusiasm for learning and a passion for the outdoors. Bellevue residents have priority; other applicants will be considered if space allows.

    To apply, complete and return by mail an application packet available at Master Naturalist. Materials must be postmarked by Nov. 30. 

    Published on 10/28/2019