BATON ROUGE — Residents can share their enthusiasm for the natural environment in the greater Baton Rouge area by becoming a certified Master Naturalist volunteer.

Nowhere else in the world do you have rolling plains, bluff hills, inland swamps, pine plains and Gulf Coast flatwoods within a short driving distance, a news release said.

The training provides information on the wildlife and plants that are adapted to these eco-regions.

The Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge is accepting applications for certification training. Training includes 10 workshops with classroom and field elements taught by university professors and local content experts. Topics include amphibians, stream ecology, arthropods, natural history, mammals, plants and more. No experience is necessary.

Applications are due Jan. 26. Orientation is Jan. 30.

The application and details are available at

Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge is a local volunteer organization founded in 2015 dedicated to education and service in Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, Tangipahoa, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes.

The Greater Baton Rouge Chapter is a chapter of the Louisiana Master Naturalist Association.