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Lakehead's popular master naturalist program is hitting the road

Orillia's Bob Bowles will be leading eight-day session in South Bruce Peninsula; Program a chance to 'expand (naturalists') studies and research'
Program coordinator Bob Bowles leads a field session during the Ontario Master Naturalist Program certificate program, being offered this summer from July 13 to 20 in the South Bruce Peninsula. Supplied photo

Discover beauty and biodiversity in the South Bruce Peninsula this summer with Lakehead University’s Ontario Master Naturalist program.

A partnership with Ontario Nature, the Ontario Master Naturalist Program is aimed at naturalists and those dedicated to environmental stewardship, and is designed to broaden participants’ knowledge and expertise of the natural world through formal training and guidance.

“There is such a strong, active naturalist community out there that has a great appetite for the type of research and education that this program provides,” explained Bob Bowles, award-winning Orillia-based naturalist and program coordinator.

“We are hoping that this program will also help to provide the foundation from which naturalists, new and old, can expand their studies and research.”

Plants, reptiles, rocks and wetlands are just a few of the topics that participants will delve into during the program. The eight-day session will run from July 13 to 20 and involves seven modules that combine fieldwork and in-class instruction.

Participants will receive a certificate after successfully completing the Master Naturalist program. Details, including registration information, can be found online at or by contacting [email protected].