A Pennsylvania Master Naturalist volunteer is an individual with a passion for the natural world who participates in an intensive training program and uses his or her knowledge by giving back to the community through volunteer service.
Annual Meeting OverviewOur Annual Meeting is a celebration of our volunteers as well as an opportunity for them to grow their naturalist knowledge, exchange ideas with others, and obtain tools to enhance their volunteer service work. Whilst our primary audience comprises certified PA Master Naturalist volunteers and trainees, members of our partner organizations may also attend. The meeting is hosted annually in different regions of Pennsylvania where Master Naturalist training occurs and ranges between 70 - 100 participants. Our program of talks and field trips will reflect this year’s theme, “Navigating PA’s Changing Waterways”.
Presentations typically include topics on the theme of the meeting, natural history of the local region, natural area management and natural resource conservation, information on volunteer projects, skill development in nature interpretation, education and communications; hands-on activities, field-based learning, and tools and resources.
2019 Annual MeetingThis year’s meeting will be held in Pittsburgh at the Hilton Garden Inn in Oakland (Pittsburgh University) Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th. We are seeking proposals for the following presentation types:
• Oral Presentation: Oral presentations are limited to 45 minutes which should include 35 minutes for the actual presenting and 10 minutes for questions. Oral presentations may highlight natural history and natural resource topics, volunteer projects and issues relevant to our audience.• Workshop Presentation: Workshops can be 60 – 90 minutes, which should be interactive and aim to provide participants with new skills applicable to Master Naturalist participants.• Field Presentation: Field Presentations can be up to 2 hours and should include an outdoor component or tour of a facility/site. Content should emphasize natural history interpretation of local ecoregion and/or field identification of wildlife and plants; or tour of nature centers, museums, demonstration gardens, natural areas, green infrastructure, and volunteer projects. • Poster Presentation: Posters will highlight volunteer projects to attendees. Poster should be landscape in orientation and no larger than 4 x 3 feet. They should include a poster title, author and abstract or overview.
All presenters are welcome to submit a proposal for presentations. Presenters may include Master Naturalist Volunteers or Trainees, Natural Resource Professionals, PA Master Naturalist Member Organizations and program partners, naturalists and outdoor writers/artists.
Submission RequirementsIndividuals wishing to present in any of the above categories are invited to submit a proposal abstract by July 15, 2019. Abstracts must include presenter’s name, presentation title, any affiliation, presenter contact information (mailing address, phone, email), and presentation format (oral, workshop, field or poster), and program description. Abstracts should be up to 500 words (max). You can submit through this google form or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional information regarding the Annual Meeting: facilities, agenda, and registration will be available on the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist (http://pamasternaturalist.org) website by August. Presenters are responsible for conference registration if they attend for the day and their own travel; Presenters will not be charged if not attending any of the day’s other programmed activities.
Pennsylvania Master Naturalist197 Montour RoadElysburg, PA 17824(570)441-3364