Do you love our natural world and sharing it with others?  If you would like to learn more about nature in an indoor/outdoor hands-on setting at a State Park then this Master Naturalist Program is for you.

Ouabache State Park has partnered with Friends of Ouabache State Park, Wells County Purdue Extension, Wells County YMCA and Limberlost State Historic Site to host an Indiana Master Naturalist class from March 16 through May 11 on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm-9:30pm.

The Indiana Master Naturalist Program (IMNP) is an educational/volunteer program developed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue University Extension to provide Hoosier’s who love experiencing and then sharing nature with others by learning through hands-on educational opportunities.

The mission of the IMNP is to bring together natural resources specialists with adult learners to foster an understanding of Indiana’s plants, water, soils and wildlife and to promote volunteer service in local communities.

Dustin Clark, Property Manager of Ouabache State Park, indicated that he hopes graduated participants will choose to use their newly learned skills as volunteers for the Park and the Friends group.

The class size will be limited to 30 students and the fee for the class is $75.00.  Registrations will be due by February 23.  To get a registration or to learn more about the program, contact Jody Heaston, Indiana State Parks Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or 260-437-8650 or visit Wells County Purdue Extension located at 4-H Park in Bluffton. The standard park entrance fee will be waived for students during the class times.