Training Courses

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Fall 2022 Courses – Apply by May 23, 2022

Note: Applicants should live within the county of training or within a 20-mile radius of the training site (30-mile radius for rural locations where training courses are limited). This is a requirement for two reasons:

  • 1) Volunteers must be trained in the specific ecoregion where they will be performing service, and
  • 2) partnering conservation organizations who host the training expect volunteers to contribute service locally. 

Armstrong County (coordinated by the Outdoor Discovery Center at Crooked Creek of the Armstrong Center for Community Learning) Classes will be held weekly on Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 8:30 pm) from August 10 – October 26 with four field sessions on Saturdays (August 20, September 10 and 24, and October 8).

Centre/N. Huntingdon County (coordinated by ClearWater Conservancy) Classes will be held weekly on Thursday evenings (6:00 – 8:30 pm) at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center from August 4 – October 27 with four field sessions on Saturdays (August 13, September 3 and 17, and October 8). Note that a field session is scheduled for 9/3 on Labor Day weekend. The schedule is set this way to avoid PSU move-in weekend and home football game traffic. Attendance at all classes and field sessions is required to complete the training course.

Delaware County (coordinated by Tyler Arboretum) Classes will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings (6:00 – 8:30 pm) from August 9 – October 25 with four field sessions on Saturdays (August 20, September 10, and October 1 and 15).

Lehigh County (coordinated by the Lehigh County Conservation District) Classes will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings (6:00 – 8:30 pm) from August 9 – October 25 with four field sessions on Saturdays (August 20, September 10 and 24, and October 15).

Westmoreland County (coordinated by Brandywine Conservancy at Penguin Court) Classes will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings (6:00 – 8:30 pm) from August 2 – October 25 with four field sessions on Saturdays (August 13, September 10 and 24, October 15). Classes are planned to be held at Penguin Court. If social distancing protocols are implemented again, classes will be moved to Historic Hanna’s Town in Greensburg and Nimick Family Ed. Center in Ligonier to accommodate new regulations.


Spring 2022 Courses (closed)

Allegheny County (coordinated by PMN and held at Frick Environmental Center).  Classes will be held weekly on Tuesday evenings (6:00-8.30pm) from March 29 – June 21 with four field sessions held on Saturdays (April 9 and 30th, May 21. and June 11). NOTE: This course is now full. Join our mailing list to be notified when applications open for the next course in Allegheny County.

Chester County Northern (coordinated by Green Valleys Watershed Association). Classes will be held weekly on Wednesday evenings (6:00-8:30 pm) from March 30 – June 8 with four field sessions on Saturdays (April 9 and 23 and May 7 and 21).

Philadelphia County (coordinated by PMN). Classes will be held virtually every week on Wednesday Evenings (6:00-8:30 pm) from April 6 – June 22 with four in-person field sessions held on Saturdays (April 23, May 7 and 21, and June 4). NOTE: This course is now full. Join our mailing list to be notified when applications open for the next course in Philadelphia.

Washington County (coordinated by Washington County Conservation District). Classes will be held weekly on Thursday evenings (6:00-8:30 pm) from April 7 – June 23 with four field sessions held on Saturdays (April 23, May 7, May 21 and June 11).

Don’t see a program offered in your area? Contact us or join our mailing list to be notified when new training courses open.

For more information, please contact the following regional coordinators:

Southeast Program Coordinator: SEprogram@pamasternaturalist.org

Southwest Program Coordinator: Susie Moffett at smoffett@pamasternaturalist.org

Centre/North Huntingdon County: Rachel Nelson at rnelson@pamasternaturalist.org

Northcentral, Northeastern, and all other locations: Michele Richards at michele@pamasternaturalist.org

Lancaster County Conservancy 2013 Trainees view waterfowl at the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area