DEEP: Master Wildlife Conservationist Update

First Training Sessions for Master Wildlife Conservationists Held
Adapted from an article that appeared in the May/June 2002 issue of  Connecticut Wildlife.

{Group photo of Master Wildlife Consevationist trainees.}
Participants in CT's first Master Wildlife Conservationist training program.


The Master Wildlife Conservationist Program, an adult volunteer training program sponsored by the Wildlife Division, began this past February with 22 participants attending the initial class. Volunteers met each Tuesday evening and some Saturdays for eight weeks of training in wildlife conservation, ecology, management and interpretation. Lessons were intensive, ranging from the history of wildlife conservation to basic ecological principles to the effects of invasive, non-native species to the issues of hunting and trapping. Program participants also learned how to present information in a meaningful way to a wide range of audiences. 

Upon completion of the coursework, the Master Wildlife Conservationist Program candidates have one year to complete their volunteer service agreement. Service can include interpretive walks, library programs, school presentations, habitat enhancement projects or assisting wildlife biologists with their research. Volunteers can also create wildlife-related projects within their own communities to fulfill the service obligation. 

The next series of classes for a new group of volunteer Master Wildlife Conservationists will begin in late summer. For more information or to be considered for the program, contact Laura Rogers-Castro at 860-675-8130 or

{logo} This project made possible by a grant from the
Wildlife Conservation and Restoration Program.