LMNGNO CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME CERTIFIED?
To become a certified Louisiana Master Naturalist, a participant must fulfill the following:
• Register for a course and attend at least 8 of the 10 formal training workshops that combine field and classroom instruction, as well as the orientation and the closing gatherings. We strongly encourage attendance at all 10 workshops. The Opening and Closing Sessions are essential, and if one has a bonafied reason for missing (Workshop Leaders notified in advance), there are means of making them up - promptly!
• 20 hours of approved volunteer service completed within six months following the course's closing session; LMNGNO allows that volunteering be done in virtually all venues where natural history support is needed, such as state agencies, parks and refuges, schools, scouts, nature/environmental centers, nature programs of not-for-profits, summer camps, etc.
• 8 hours of approved continuing education by the same date.
• $25 annual dues is paid.
• BINGO: certification is awarded!!!
BENEFITS OF BECOMING A CERTIFIED LOUISIANA MASTER NATURALIST ARE:
• Learning about the ecosystems present in Louisiana and the flora and fauna that inhabit them;
• Becoming part of a network of people who are passionately interested in Louisiana’s natural history, how it functions, and how to protect it;
• Understanding the interconnections among our flora and fauna and the well-being of our ecosystems, economic foundation, and cultural communities.
ONCE CERTIFIED, LMNs MUST DO THE FOLLOWING TO MAINTAIN CERTIFICATION:
• Volunteer a minimum of 20 hours of approved volunteer service each year,
• Attend at least 8 hours of approved continuing education training each year,
• Be a dues paying member at $25 per year.