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Individual Master Naturalist Sessions Open for RegistrationU of I Extension News – September 1, 2016


Individual Master Naturalist Sessions Open for Registration

Many area residents are starting a new adventure by becoming University of Illinois Master Naturalist this fall. The program runs on Saturdays for ten weeks, beginning September 10 with an introduction session.

If you are unable to take the full ten week course you may want to consider enrolling in a few of the sessions. Any adult (18 years or older) who loves the outdoors, has a concern for the local environment and wants to provide education and service to help your local community will benefit from this program. You do not need to have a college degree or years of experience. You need to have a sincere desire to learn and share information about nature to the community.

Available Sessions include:

September 17: Illinois Prairies – (full day)

October 1: Environmental Ethics (morning) and the Art of Interpretation (afternoon)

October 8: Ornithology (morning) and Illinois Rivers and Streams (afternoon)

October 22: Entomology (morning) and Mammals (afternoon)

October 22: Illinois Forests – (full day)

November 5: Soils (morning) and Geology (afternoon)

There is a small fee for each session. Please call Gail DeVilbiss at 618-526-4551 for more information or to register.
Participants who register one-week prior to a session will receive a printed course manual.

Mobile Market Continues Third Tuesday Each Month

The Mobile Market comes to Nashville the third Tuesday of each month through a partnership between 4-H Youth Hunger Ambassadors and St. Ann Catholic School, and a grant from the Illinois 4-H Foundation. The Mobile Market will be in the front parking lot at St. Ann Catholic School in Nashville from 10 a.m. to Noon, or until all the food is gone, on September 20.

Some of the items available for free will include fresh produce, dairy, and other perishable foods. Supplies will be available on a first come first served basis until food runs out. Participants should plan to bring boxes, bags, or carts to carry groceries home.

In case of rain please bring umbrellas, the Mobile Market may be held in the rain. If it is necessary to move to the fairgrounds, there will be signs directing clients. To ensure the safety and wellness of participating community volunteers (youth and adult) the following will be enforced:

Doors will open at 10 a.m., later if the truck is running late

Prepare for the weather-chairs, water, umbrellas, coats, etc. Line numbers will be
assigned in order of arrival (one per household).

Tickets will be handed out (one set per household) for variety/misc items on hand.Full pallets of produce may be available in larger quantities (quantities for the day will be noted).

After everyone has been through the line, participants may be allowed to return for leftover items on hand.

For the sake of everyone’s safety, we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who:

Exhibits disrespect, including verbal abuse towards staff, volunteers, or other participating community members.

Exhibits any indication of alcohol use.

Exhibits violent behavior.

Is smoking on the property.

Has weapons on their person.

Refuses to cooperate with or follow the practices and guidelines in place for the event.

If necessary, police personnel will handle behavior problems that pose a potential threat or disrupts service.

The 4-H Youth Hunger Ambassadors and St. Ann Catholic School are always seeking volunteers to help at the Mobile Market on the third Tuesday of each month. If you are available to help, or have questions about the Mobile Market, please call 618-327-8881.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881.