BRIDGTON — Beginning Feb. 1, the Maine Master Naturalist Program will accept student applications for its 2016 Tier One course.

The course will be held from May 4 to Sept. 7 at Lake Environmental Association’s Maine Lake Science Center on Willet Road.

Students will participate in a rigorous set of classes and field experiences covering insects, wildflowers and shrubs, mammals, ferns, trees, birds, ecological principles and the unique natural communities to be found in the area. The course consists of seven Wednesday evening classes, four full-day Saturday field trips, and 20 hours of volunteer work at a park, land trust, school or nonprofit.

Tuition costs $365 and covers course instruction, books, equipment, handouts and supplies. Students completing the course and the requirements will be certified as Maine associate naturalists upon graduation.

The application period for the Bridgton course extends from Feb. 1 to March 15; applicants will be notified of acceptance by April 8.

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