Application Form for Course Enrollment
Use this Google Form to apply for the SWLA Master Naturalists 2019 Spring Program.
About Us
The Southwest Louisiana Master Naturalists (SLAMN), a chapter of the Louisiana Master Naturalist Association, offer a science-based program that educates Louisiana citizens about their precious flora and fauna. Once certified, Southwest Louisiana Master Naturalists are required to use their talents and knowledge to educate others or assist programs that promote and protect Louisiana’s natural heritage.
Please read the following:
You must be 18 years or older to apply. Incomplete registration forms will not be accepted. Sending in an application DOES NOT GUARANTEE you a position in the course.
Deadline
Registration for the Spring 2019 course will close by 31 December 2018 at midnight.
Program Information
You are applying for the Spring 2019 Program. Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are accepted, you will be required to pay a $200 course fee which covers the cost of the course and the first year’s dues for SLAMN. Each 6 hour workshop consists of both lecture and field instruction. Program workshops will be on approximately every other Saturday from late January to June and predominantly occur within 1.5 hours of Lake Charles.

Refunds may be issued up to two weeks prior to the workshop orientation.

Attendance of all workshops is encouraged. Participants are required to attend the initial course orientation and a minimum of 8 workshops.

Spring 2019 Program Workshop Topics:
Overview and Naturalist Skills
Citizen Science
Longleaf Pine Ecology
Coastal Ecology and Hydrology
Backyard Wildlife
Bird Study
Amphibian and Reptile Study
Cajun Prairie Ecology & Pollinators Study
Fungi and Mushroom Study
Aquatic Invertebrate Study
Riverine Ecology
Land Ethic

Course dates will be announced prior to January 1. Course dates will be updated on our
website at www.swlamasternaturalists.org and Facebook page.

Certification Requirements
To earn a certification as a Southwest Louisiana Master Naturalist, participants must have attended 8 program workshops and scored 80% on the final exam. To maintain certification, the individual must complete 20 hours of volunteer service, 8 hours of continuing education in the field of natural history, and payment of $15 annual membership dues beginning the year after initial certification and each year thereafter.

SLAMN certification and membership is open to any individual who has successfully completed the SLAMN program and maintains the annual certification requirements. Though our area of focus is the 6 parish SWLA area (Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis, and Vernon parishes), membership IS NOT limited to SWLA residents.

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18, regardless of race, national origin, income, gender, and sexual orientation. Some field portions of the course will be conducted on uneven terrain, though we do make every effort to accommodate physical disabilities. Contact us (swlamasternaturalists@gmail.com) if you have any questions regarding our course and this policy prior to applying, if possible.

Background Check
SLAMN reserves the right to perform an online background check.
Code of Conduct
Participants are expected to uphold high standards that ensure the safety and well-being of the SLAMN, its affiliates, their staffs, volunteers and clients. Participants will uphold all individuals’ rights to dignity, self-development and self-direction. Participants will accept supervision and support from designated project managers or others in oversight positions while engaging in training or volunteer activities, and will conduct themselves in a courteous, caring, and responsible manner with focus on respect, trustworthiness, fairness and good citizenship. Participants are expected to respect, adhere to and enforce the rules, policies and guidelines set forth by the SLAMN and its affiliates and any programs to which they are specifically assigned. Participants are charged with performing their duties in a safe, responsible and timely manner.
Preparation
While participating in these workshops, please be aware that many activities take place outside in various weather conditions with extended periods of standing or walking. You may be exposed to biting insects, extreme temperatures, slippery surfaces, etc. We recommend the following items to prepare you for these conditions and to assist you as you gain skills. These items are not provided by SLAMN.
● Hiking/rubber boots
● Rain gear (jacket/pants)
● Outdoor clothing (for both cold and hot weather)
● Lunch and Water
● Sun protection (sunscreen, hats, etc.)
● Insect repellent
● Reusable water bottle/Thermos
● Binoculars
● Hand Lens (such as a 10x loupe)
● Field guides (we can provide recommendations)
● Field notebook (durable, water-safe recommended such as Rite-in-the-Rain®)
● Camera
● Cell Phone/Smartphone (can use to document sightings during trips and for using field guide apps)
Contact Information
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Email (if you do not have one, indicate that with "N/A") *
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Student Rate
The Southwest Louisiana Master Naturalists now offer a student rate of $100 for the course fee, available to current full time students and recent graduates.
Are you a student enrolled full-time or have you graduated less than 1 year prior to January 1, 2019? If checked YES, you'll be contacted by our treasurer to provide documentation.
Waiting List
We will be accepting 20 applicants in the 2019 course. If the course is full, you’ll be notified by email or mailed letter to your address above.
If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for the next available course (provided the 2019 course is already full when you've sent in this application), please initial here:
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Final Comments and Acceptance of Terms
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I understand that this completed form does not guarantee my enrollment in the 2019 course. If I'm accepted, the course fee is $200 payable by check to the treasurer. *
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I understand that attending ALL workshops is highly recommended, and that I am required to attend at least 8 scheduled workshops. *
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I understand that I must complete 20 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of continuing education as approved by SLAMN annually to maintain certification beginning January 1, 2020. *
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I understand that the title "Southwest Louisiana Master Naturalist" or "Louisiana Master Naturalist" is not to be used prior to my fulfillment of the course requirements or for any purposes not expressly approved by SLAMN. *
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Signature and Approval
My signature below is verfication that I am at least 18 years of age, that I have read and understand the above guidelines, and that I am willing to abide by the specified rules. I certify that the information set forth is true and accurate, and I authorize the SLAMN and/or its affiliates to verify the information.
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