Louisiana is home to a diverse number of ecosystems. There are bottomland hardwood and longleaf-pine forest, swamps, marshes, and coastal beaches. If you wanted to acquire specialized knowledge about each of these areas it would take you a lot of time and resources… until now.
Louisiana has launched a Master Naturalist Program. The program requires 40 hours of combined field and classroom instruction and a certification exam that must be periodically renewed. There is also a $200 fee, and you must agree to volunteer somewhere for 20 hours to share what you’ve learned.