Thursday, July 30, 2015

Book Finds - Peterson's Guide

With the upcoming Certified Tennessee Naturalist program that I am going to be going through, some of the tools of the trade that I am going to need including some Peterson's Guides.

While I am out at library sales and at Goodwill, I am constantly on the lookout for books that will be a good addition to my homesteading/naturalist library and ones that will benefit for me in my quest to live a self-sufficient lifestyle.

While at a library sale, I came across this book, which I was able to purchase for .50! While this book was published in 1951 and is is not the most recent edition of the guide, it is a very neat addition to the library, none-the-less!

Always stop and look through older books. You never know what you are going to find!

Friday, July 24, 2015

I'm In... The Certified Tennessee Naturalist Program!

I wanted to share with you all something that I am very excited about. I have the opportunity to enroll to become a certified Tennessee Naturalist! This has been something that I've wanted to do for the past 3 years, but didn't have the available funds until enrollment this year!

The program, whose classes will be taught by experts in their various areas at a Owl's Hill, a local nature sanctuary is 80 hours long.

During this time, I will receive 40 hours of instruction on various aspects of the state's natural history such as geology, flora, wildlife, watersheds -- as well as exposure to ecological concepts and conservation issues. Additionally, I will need to complete 40 hours of volunteer service to earn my certification.

During the course of the classes as well as afterwards, I will  join a corps of Tennessee Naturalist volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the appreciation, understanding, and beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

My interest all started when I came across an article that author and naturalist Margie Hunter wrote at the founding of the Owl's Hill program that said, "We've spent a portion of our adult lives pursuing careers in sundry occupations, and one day we find ourselves wishing we’d majored in biology or botany or ecology or geology and spent our lives outside studying this earth and its marvelously varied forms of life. Well take heart fellow nature lovers, there’s a Tennessee Naturalist program under development that is just for us.” Having read that and feeling that that described me to a tee, I decided to dig in more and more to the program and see what I could find out. Once I read more I fell in love with the program before I even took it.

Throughout the year that it's going to take me to complete the 10 areas of focus, I am going to try to chronicle my journey, what I learn and what I do as it unfolds.

Eventually, I am hoping that this will enable me to obtain a job in natural education where I'll be able to spend time in Nature while educating the public.

Stay tuned for what happens next!