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Master Naturalist

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

@ Forest Park | Meramec

Become a Master Naturalist. Explore the majesty of nature, the beauty of landscape and gardening, and the importance of ecology in our world. From home gardening to birdwatching and exploring nature, the Master Naturalist program has it all!

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STLCC's Master Naturalist program combines classroom learning and volunteerism to cultivate your interests, grow your knowledge and build your community connections. Learn more about this continuing education program, and get started today! Any of the classes on this page can be completed toward requirements of the Master Naturalist program.

The following courses may be taken individually and/or to meet curriculum requirements for STLCC's Master Naturalist program.

Class schedules provided below may change.

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Unless otherwise specified in the course description, registration for online classes closes three business days prior to the class start date.

All About Herbs

Now is the time to plan for your summer garden! Learn how to get the most for your effort in this one-night class. Whether just starting or expanding an herb garden, you’ll learn about soil conditions, fertilizing and the optimal placement for growth. Hear the best advice from master gardener Mike on how to plant, maintain and harvest an herb garden. Plus, receive tips on using herbs in and around your home as well as the best way to freeze and preserve herbs for future use. Bring a notebook and pen to class.
HORT-701 | 1 session | $16 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S01 Th 6-9 p.m. | Mike Ochonicky
June 11 | MC-SO, 107

Container Gardening

No room to plant a large garden? Problem solved with container gardening! Join master gardener Mike and learn the basics of how to select containers and choose plants, as well as how to plant and maintain flowers, veggies and herbs in a contained space. Suggestions for plant combinations will also be discussed. Make the best of the area you have to create visually appealing and functional surroundings.
HORT-714 | 1 session | $19 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S01 Th 6-8 p.m. | Mike Ochonicky
June 18 | MC-SO, 108

Managing Hives for Honey Production: Extracting and Bottling Instruction

Learn the concepts of honeybee development and identifying seasonal patterns to prepare your colonies for honey production, what to expect with a honey harvest as well as when and how to process bottled local honey. Explore the different colors and flavors of honey and what makes this treat different from other sugars. Designed for individuals who are currently involved in beekeeping, those who are thinking about keeping bees and want to learn more about the harvesting of honey and folks just interested in learning about the process.
NATR-733 | 1 session | $29 AGE 60+ | $29 REG
S01 Sa 9 a.m.-noon | Jane Sueme
June 20 | MC-SO, 232

Soil and Composting: Get the “Dirt” on Successful Gardening

The first step in successful gardening is working from the ground up. Learn the “dirt” on successful gardening with easy-to-understand information on soil types, practical tips on preparation and the “how-to” and benefits of composting for your home garden. A beneficial class for both beginning and experienced homeowners. Bring a notebook and pen to class.
HORT-709 | 1 session | $16 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S01 Th 7-9 p.m. | Mike Ochonicky
June 25 | MC-SO, 206

How to Find an Owl in Your Neighborhood

Do you ever see or hear an owl in your neighborhood and want to experience more of these beautiful birds? Award-winning naturalist Mark H.X. Glenshaw aka “The Owl Man” leads scores of owl prowls each year. Discover ways to find owls in your area whether in subdivisions, city neighborhoods, pocket parks or large public parks. Learn which owls you are most likely to see or hear, where and how to look for them, what to listen for and the importance of research and collaboration. Techniques taught mirror those he uses in his personal studies. For additional insights, he will also show via photos and videos some of the owl behaviors he has observed and documented.
NATR-709 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S01 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Mark H.X. Glenshaw
July 9 | FP-C, 217

Forest Park Owls: Hunting and Feeding

Join us for a fascinating insight into one of the most successful predators in the Americas. Instructor Mark H.X. Glenshaw, an award-winning naturalist, has been observing, documenting and delivering outreach with great horned owls in Forest Park since December 2005. Learn about the owls’ hunting perches and predatory attempts as well as how they care for their owlets.
NATR-709 | 1 session | $25 AGE 60+ | $25 REG
S02 Th 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Mark H.X. Glenshaw
July 23 | FP-C, 215

Indoor Composting: Make and Take Home A Bokashi Bucket

Don’t throw away those scraps...up to 20% of household trash can be composted! The bokashi bucket system, which can be used year-round, is quick, convenient and produces no household odors. In this hands-on session, construct and learn to maintain an indoor composting system capable of decomposing food and house plant trimmings for a family of four. In a space-saving bokashi system, effective microorganisms transform all types of kitchen waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. All equipment, materials and handouts provided and included in fee. You’ll leave class with a working indoor composting system in the form of a bokashi bucket. Class offered in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden Earthways Center. Registration deadline 7/6. No refunds after this date.
ECOL-704 | 1 session | $49 AGE 60+ | $49 REG
S01 Tu 7-8:30 p.m. | Maggie McCoy
July 28 | MC-SS, 112

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