The mission of the South Carolina Master Naturalist Program is to create a corps of citizen volunteers well trained in the fundamentals of natural history, nature interpretation and the interface of humans and nature in order to empower them to contribute their time and talents to responsible, science-based environmental stewardship.Graduates go on to develop a statewide corps of volunteers working within their communities to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas throughout the state.
Upstate Master Naturalist classes are led by content experts from Clemson University, SC State Parks and SC Department of Natural Resources. Students will visit the upstate's finest natural areas including Table Rock State Park, Kings Creek, Burrell’s Ford, Jones Gap State Park, Stumphouse Tunnel, Oconee State Park, Caesar’s Head State Park, Jocasse Gorges, Jumping Off Rock, Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve, Lake Conestee Nature Park and the Clemson Experimental Forest.
Now don't expect me to know everything about everything out there in the wild blue yonder but one thing is for sure. I can't wait to find out all there is to know about our great state and share it with my students and my very patient family...
Stay tuned for more blogs about this exciting adventure!