Sample Basic Training Syllabuses

Sample Schedule for Evening Classes and Weekend Field Trips
(classes are 7-10 pm one night/week; there are four 6-hour weekend field trips)

Class                     Topic
1                              Intro/Dichotomous Key/American Naturalists
2                              Botany/Taxonomy
3                              Weather & Climate/VMNS Website
4                              Ecology/Urban Ecology/Citizen Science
FIELD TRIP:  Urban Ecology/Natural Res Mgmt/Dendrology
5                              Geology/Soils
6                              Aquatic Ecology
7                              Interpretation/Invasives
FIELD TRIP:  Geology/Soils/Invasives/Aquatic Ecology
8                              Mammalogy
9                              Entomology
10                            Herpetology
11                            Ornithology
FIELD TRIP: Ornithology/Wetlands Ecology/Herpetology/Entomology
12                            Forest Ecology/Dendrology
13                            Risk Mgmt/Civil Rights/Citizen Science/”Bug Lab”
FIELD TRIP: Intro to Native Plants/Forest Ecosystems
14                           Trainee Presentations
15                           Graduation

Sample Schedule for Daytime Classes and Field Trips
(classes and field trips are 9 am to 3 pm one day a week)

Class   AM Topic                                               PM Topic
1          Intro to Class & VMN Program             Ecology
2          Entomology                                           Mammalogy
3          Botany/Taxonomy/Native Plants           Field Trip: Tree ID
4          Forest Ecology & Dendrology               Field Trip: Urban Ecology/NRMP
5          Geology/Soils and Field Trip                  iNaturalist; Field Trip: Aquatic Ecology
6          Interpretation/Invasives                         Field Trip: Invasives Field Work
7          Ornithology                                            Herpetology
8          Weather & Climate and Field Trip         Field Trip: Forest Ecosystems
9          Field Trip: Ornithology                           Field Trip: Herpetology & Entomology
10        Aquatic Ecology/Ichthyology                 American Naturalists/Skills Practice
11        Citizen Science/Class Presentations   Class Presentations
12        Class Presentations/Vol. Job Fair/       Graduation                                               Service Projects

Field Trips will take place in various area parks. There will also be a mid-term and a final take home exam.