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Become a Program Facilitator

Who can become a Program Facilitator?

Anyone with a connection to an environmental agency or organization who has a desire to cultivate a cadre of trained volunteers can become a Program Facilitator.

How do I enroll in a Program Facilitator Workshop?

Program Facilitator Workshops have been held at the Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education Annual Conference and at Robinson Nature Center, which is centrally located in Howard County. Check the sidebar for upcoming workshops and enrollment information or contact Joy Rafey, for more information.  Additional Program Facilitator Workshops are occasionally scheduled to fit host site needs. If you would like to explore the possibility of setting up a Program Facilitator training at your site please contact Joy Rafey at for more information.

What does a Program Facilitator do?

A Program Facilitator must attend a Program Facilitator Workshop where he/she will learn to organize and administer a Master Naturalist Training Program at an approved Host Site. The Facilitator works closely with the Host Site to set up the 52-hour volunteer training schedule and the 8-hour field trip.

The Program Facilitator promotes the program and publicizes the training, then reviews and selects applicants to admit to the training. The Program Facilitator oversees all aspects of the training program, including selecting and managing speakers/instructors, and is responsible for keeping track of the volunteers when they become certified. Program Facilitators advise the volunteers on ways to fulfill their 40 hours of volunteer service each year and approves their 8 hrs. of Advanced Training each year.

When should I conduct a Master Naturalist Volunteer Training?

As a Program Facilitator, you are required to hold a Volunteer Training consisting of 52 educational hours and one 8-hour field trip at an approved Host Site within 12 months of completing the Program Facilitators Workshop in order to remain a qualified Program Facilitator, otherwise re-training may be necessary.

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