BRFAL members gathered at Waid Park in Rocky Mount on June 19 for a chapter picnic to celebrate the graduation of our 2020-2021 Trainees. These persistent new master naturalists worked through training sessions that included live classes in 2020, the Covid shutdown, socially distanced field exercises and on-line instruction in 2021 to complete their requirements.
Graduates are (from L to R) Brian McCrodden, Nancy McIntyre, Kathy Orth, Posie Magurn, Janelle Helfer, Catherine Eubank, Drema Sylvester and Karen Rasmussen (Training Coordinator). Missing trainee Catherine McGinnis.
|Guy B. (seated, foreground)|
Ryan Klopf, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Regional Supervisor / Mountain Region Steward / Natural Areas Science Coordinator and BRFAL sponsor also addressed the gathering. Ryan reviewed the multiple contributions of volunteers to the accomplishment of DCR’s mission and goals.