OLATHE — Those who have an interest in natural resources and enjoy working with others may enjoy an opportunity with the Kansas Naturalist program.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014 Kansas Master Naturalist training program.
The deadline for application is Jan. 17.
Training sessions will begin at the end of February, and run one night per week through mid-April, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All classes will be conducted at the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 1500 in Olathe.
Class members must be a resident of the greater Kansas City metro area. There is a $100 administration fee for those accepted into the class. Acceptance notices will be sent out at the end of January.
The mission for the program is to develop knowledgeable and dedicated citizens who are active in promoting awareness, understanding and stewardship of the natural heritage of Kansas. Applicants who are selected for the program will receive intensive 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in natural resource concepts. In return, newly-trained recruits will be required to volunteer 30 hours of volunteer service each year, on environmental projects that benefit the community. Areas of training include:
• Ecology
• Geology
• Soils
• Weather & Climate
• Plants
• Birds
• Insects
• Mammals
• Herpetology
• Ecosystem Management
• Education and Interpretation
Those interested in applying for the program, or wanting  more information should  contact Dan Lekie, county Extension director and Natural Resources agent with Johnson County K-State Research and Extension at (913)715-7012, [email protected] or visit www.johnson.ksu.edu for details.