Training Courses

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Fall 2022 Courses – Closed

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).

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 2023 Courses – check back in the fall for upcoming courses

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