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Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: NC Certified Master Naturalist Volunteer Program

with Lise Jenkins, Ed.D., Chair, NC Certified Master Naturalist Volunteer Program

Date: Thursday, August 10, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST

Location: Hybrid - Virtual and In-person attendance options (see below for more information)

Free; preregistration required

This program will be delivered in a hybrid format.


In-person option: Seats are available in the Reeves Auditorium. Please register all members of your party separately to ensure we have enough seats. 


Virtual option: We will stream the lecture live via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the program.


The NC Certified Master Naturalist Volunteer program, a 50-hour classroom and fieldwork education program, offered by NC Cooperative Extension, Chatham and Durham counties, prepares volunteers for stewardship, advocacy, education, and citizen science projects with leading environmental organizations in the Triangle. This new program will begin January 2024, classes will be held on Saturdays once a month at locations in Chatham and Durham counties. A key feature of this program are the Impact Projects participants develop that integrate course concepts and benefit one of the Partner Organizations. These projects challenge the program participants to answer the question, “What impact can I make on our environment?”





Registration open through 8/10/2023 11:50 AM

About the Speaker

Dr. Lise Jenkins is a a garden writer, newspaper columnist, and podcast producer exploring the intersection of horticulture and innovation. She is chairwoman for the Certified Master Naturalist Volunteer program, offered by NC Cooperative Extension, Chatham and Durham counties. 

From 2017-21, she co-authored the Absentee Gardeners with Kit Flynn, a weekly garden column published in several North Carolina newspapers. Previously, Lise produced an award-winning radio show and podcast for the NC Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and then went on to create a podcast for the Triangle Gardener magazine. In her free time time she volunteers as a Durham County Master Gardener and captains a synchronized swim team.

Check out her blog!

Partner Organizations


Seats are available in the Reeves Auditorium. The program will also be streamed
live on Zoom webinar. A meeting link and password will be sent a few days before the program.


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