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September 4, 2013

State needs wildlife docents, stewards

CONCORD — Do you enjoy learning about New Hampshire’s natural history and resources? Are you concerned about the future of the state’s forest, wildlife, and water resources?

You may be interested in becoming a Natural Resources Steward for UNH Cooperative Extension or a Wonders of Wildlife docent for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Joint training for these volunteer programs is coming up this fall at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department in Concord.

For an application, email mary.tebo@unh.edu. For more information, visit extension.unh.edu/Volunteer/Natural-Resources-Stewards or call Mary Tebo at 641-6060.

WOW docents are Fish and Game volunteers who present one of four prepared and interactive programs about wildlife and habitats to elementary school classes in New Hampshire. Training through UNH Cooperative Extension’s Natural Resource Stewards training program is one avenue for becoming a Wonders of Wildlife docent.

Open to all, the Natural Resources Steward program emphasizes hands-on learning in both the classroom and field with topics that include: New Hampshire’s wildlife and its habitats; tree identification, evaluation, planting, and care; land conservation and protection; invasive species identification and management; sustainable living and permaculture; ecological landscaping and more.

After the course, participants are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer service in their own communities, or through one of our partnering agency’s programs. Graduates from the Natural Resources Steward Program have volunteered in more than 40 different natural resources-related areas including: inventorying natural resources; protecting thousands of acres of land; discovering endangered species; delivering educational programs to adults and children; and measuring New Hampshire’s biggest trees.

The next 13-session training course will be held on Fridays, beginning Sept. 6, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord. Sessions run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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