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The fourth year of the Mount St. Helens Volcano Naturalist Program, an adult science education program, will include a new partnership with Lower Columbia College. This program sponsored by the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument and Mount St. Helens Institute provides in-depth education about the geology, ecology, and natural history of the volcano.

The 2016 course consists of 14 classes from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday evenings, from Jan. 6 through April 13 at LCC. There will be two weekend field trips, including one overnight. The $250 fee includes materials and a volunteer uniform. Washington teachers can earn up to 45 clock hours.

Volcano Naturalists will learn the fundamentals of Mount St. Helens eruptions and return of life and are required to commit to a minimum of 60 volunteer hours at Mount St. Helens within five months of completing the course. Participants will also learn field identification and other naturalist skills.

For more information about the program and how to apply, visit www.mshinstitute.org or call Amy Tanska at atanska@mshinstitute.org or 360-449-7826. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 21, 2015 and applicants will be notified of their acceptance on or before Dec. 28th.

And online application is available at http://goo.gl/8hnXyq

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.

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