Become a certified nature lover

Nature lovers can become experts in nearly all things wild during an upcoming program at Fort Harrison State Park in Indianapolis.

The Indiana Master Naturalist Class will be held at the state park’s visitor center from 6 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday each month Jan. 14 to Dec. 15, 2016. Applications can be submitted starting Nov. 2.

The cost for the course is $85 per student for the entire year.

The class is open to any adult 18 and older with a genuine love for the outdoors. Students will expand their knowledge of plants, wildlife, forests and other natural resources in Indiana. Each class is a unique presentation with hands-on learning opportunities led by specialists in their particular field.

The participants in the 2016 Indiana Master Naturalist Class are expected to attend 10 of the 12 sessions, pass an open book test at the end of the course and complete 30 hours of nature-related volunteer time to a local park or natural area.

The 2016 Indiana Master Naturalist class registration is on a first-come first-served basis. The class is limited to the first 30 students who register.

The registration form and program brochure is available to download at Checks may be mailed to Fort Harrison State Park, 5753 Glenn Road, Indianapolis, IN 46216; attention: 2016 IMN Class.

For more information, contact the visitor’s center at 591-0122.