Originally Published: January 2, 2013 10 p.m.
PRESCOTT - The Highlands Center for Natural History is seeking nature lovers for its Naturalist Certification Program.
This 12-week program is offered only every other year. Applications are available online at www.highlandscenter.org or by calling Jill Craig at 776-9550. People should apply by mid-January since space and scholarships are limited.
The program starts with Community Nature Study Classes every Tuesday and Thursday morning in February. Classes continue every Thursday in March and April with even more in-depth, hands-on learning and field trips.
Naturalists must complete the 12-week-long program and volunteer at least 40 hours per year.
They then will lead discovery hikes, help with programs at the Highlands Center for Natural History, increase public awareness and appreciation of the Arizona Central Highlands, and join on-site phonological studies.
The class fee is $250. Participants also must become members of the Highlands Center, which costs $35 a year for individuals. These fees include all field trips, classes, materials, and a personalized Naturalist name badge issued upon completion of program.
A limited number of scholarships are available through a grant from the Yavapai County Community Foundation. Scholarships and eligibility will be determined during an informal interview process.
Highlands Center members are invited to special free programs, receive 10 percent off store merchandise and get discounts on all special programs.