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Master Naturalist Multi-Day Workshop

February 14, 2022

Become a master naturalist during a three-day workshop covering many aspects of flora and fauna of the area!  

Join the YMCA Environmental Education staff to become a Master Naturalist! Over the course of three days you will learn how to ID common plants and animals in a forest and riparian ecosystem, learn about the formation of the Rocky Mountains, and learn the science behind wildfires. At the end of the course you will be awarded a Master Naturalist certification and celebrate with a group campfire! This workshop is for ages 18+ and includes all activities and programs included. Choose what dates work best for your schedule! A convenient option of multiple mid-week sessions throughout the year to choose from. 

Our Instructors are joining us from all around the country, having knowledge of various ecosystems to help you connect your knowledge back home. Before coming to the YMCA of the Rockies, our instructors have either worked in National Parks or Non-Profits to teach the public about Natural History and Conservation. At the YMCA of the Rockies all of our instructors go through a two week Naturalist and BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning, and Expertise Sharing) training to teach you current Naturalist methods to be an expert in the field.

How to Book 

1. Choose what session dates work best for your schedule!

A convenient option of seasonal mid-week sessions to choose from. The Master Naturalist program is $250 for all naturalist sessions for two days. Lodging and meals are booked separately. Each edition will then have a special class that relates to the season. Click to book your Master Naturalist program session.

Spring Edition: 
May 23 - 25, 2022 
*Special Animal Tracking class included 

Summer Edition: 
August 29 - 31, 2022 - SOLD OUT!  
*Special Wildflower class included 

Fall Edition
October 3 - 5, 2022 - SOLD OUT!
October 24- 26, 2022 - SOLD OUT! 
*Special Elk Ecology class included 

2. Make Your Lodging Reservations & Learn About Meals 

Enjoy a getaway while becoming a master naturalist! The YMCA of the Rockies offers a variety of cabins and hotel-style lodge rooms for a comfortable stay during the Master Naturalist program. Book online or call 888-613-9622 to make your reservation. 
Meals can be purchased on-site during the sessions at the Aspen Dining Hall, a cafeteria-style service open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Rustic Cafe, located in the Administration Building offers light snacks, salads and sandwiches.

Workshop Schedule

Day 1: 

1-5pm:  Introductions and Class #1 

Day 2 

9am–12pm: Class #2
12-1pm: Lunch on your own 
1-4pm: Class #3

Day 3 

9am–12pm: Class #4
12pm - 1pm: Lunch on your own 
1-4pm: Class #5
4pm - 5pm: Group Campfire and Awards 

Class Descriptions: 

Fire Ecology 
Learn how fire moves through a forest using our fire boards. Then go on a hike to Moraine Park (a recent burn site) and discover the evidence fire leaves behind. Throughout the hike instructors will lead discussion on the effects of climate change on our forest.

Aquatic Ecology 
Discover the elements that make for a healthy waterway by conducting water quality tests and collecting macro-invertebrates. Instructors will facilitate discussion of the human role in our water systems. 

Montane Forest Ecology 
Follow your guide on a 3-mile hike to learn how to ID plants and animals living in a Montane Forest Ecosystem. Then, participate in a citizen science project to record local species. 

On a 3-mile hike in Rocky Mountain National Park, learn about how the Rocky Mountains formed, and explore the evidence the glaciers have left behind. 

Special Seasonal Classes: 
Winter Edition: Snow Science 
Sprig Edition: Animal Tracking 
Summer Edition: Wildflowers 
Fall Edition: Elk Ecology 


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