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LU to offer Ontario Master Naturalist program

An Ontario Master Naturalist program will be offered at Lakehead University this summer.

Lakehead University release

THUNDER BAY -- In July 2018, Lakehead University Thunder Bay will, once again, offer the innovative Ontario Master Naturalist program.

Aimed at naturalists and those dedicated to environmental stewardship, the program, which launched in 2015 at Lakehead Orillia, is a partnership with Ontario Nature designed to broaden participants’ knowledge and expertise of the natural world through formal training and guidance.

“There is such a strong, active naturalist community out there that has a great appetite for the type of research and education that this program provides,” explained Bob Bowles, award-winning Orillia-based naturalist and program coordinator. “Many naturalists have taught themselves through their own independent field-work, but we are hoping that this program will also help to provide the foundation from which naturalists, new and old, can expand their studies and research.”

Plants, insects, reptiles, birds, geology, and wetlands are just a few of the topics that participants will delve into during the program.

Open to the public, the seven-day Thunder Bay session will run from July 15 to 21, and involves seven modules that combine fieldwork and in-class instruction. Participants will receive a certificate after successfully completing the Master Naturalist program.

Details, including registration information, can be found online at or by contacting

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