How to become a naturalist

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If you love nature and being outdoors and have a strong desire to preserve the world's ecology, become a naturalist. Naturalists observe animal and plant life and participate in projects geared toward protecting and preserving geographical areas such as forests, parks, rivers and wetlands. Become a naturalist and involve yourself in a fun and exciting career.

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  1. 1

    Observe the natural world around you. Go into the woods with a camera and notebook and record things you see: animal life, vegetation and any signs of recent wildlife activity.

  2. 2

    Support conservation organizations. Make donations and volunteer your time, if possible, to help these organizations reach their goals.

  3. 3

    Volunteer at an animal shelter or work as a veterinary technician or assistant. Join community programs that are involved in helping keep the environment clean.

  4. 4

    Take master naturalist courses. Many universities and colleges or naturalist volunteer associations offer these classes to direct you to become a certified master naturalist.

  5. 5

    Join a naturalist association. Most states have a state naturalist association. Check your area for a local organization.

  6. 6

    Choose an area of nature you would like to concentrate on. Perhaps you have a desire to observe animal life, or wish to become active in preserving natural parks. Find your niche.

Tips and warnings

  • Though no formal education is necessary to become a naturalist, taking agricultural science courses at a local college or university can be helpful. Also, connect with career services at schools to learn more about various occupations in this field.

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