Oregon, IL – University of Illinois Extension invites adults of all ages to join them for the 2018 Illinois Master Naturalist program. The classes will be held in Ogle County on Monday evenings from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., starting March 12 and ending May 21, 2018. The training features instructors from local natural resource agencies and organizations as well as state Extension experts. The training will highlight our rich natural heritage by hosting classes in different locations in the area such as Nachusa Grasslands and Kickapoo Mud Creek Nature Conservancy. As a Master Naturalist, you will learn about ecosystems and interrelationships of plants and animals that make up our natural world. You will also learn how to assist with land management and to share your knowledge with others in your community. The goal is to encourage participants to seek out lifelong learning opportunities to further their development as a naturalist. Master Naturalist participants agree to serve 60 hours of volunteer service within the first two years of their initial classroom experience. Volunteers can then continue their certification with 30 volunteer hours and 10 continuing education hours annually. Volunteer opportunities in your county are extremely flexible and tailored to fit your personal interests, abilities, and time restraints.