Lakehead University offering Ontario Master Naturalist Program in Thunder Bay

March 21, 2018 – Thunder Bay, ON

In July 2018, Lakehead University Thunder Bay will, once again, offer the innovative Ontario Master Naturalist Program (OMNP).  

Aimed at naturalists and those dedicated to environmental stewardship, the program, which launched in 2015 at Lakehead Orillia, is a partnership with Ontario Nature designed to broaden participants’ knowledge and expertise of the natural world through formal training and guidance.

“There is such a strong, active naturalist community out there that has a great appetite for the type of research and education that this program provides,” explained Bob Bowles, award-winning Orillia-based naturalist and program coordinator. “Many naturalists have taught themselves through their own independent field-work, but we are hoping that this program will also help to provide the foundation from which naturalists, new and old, can expand their studies and research.”

Plants, insects, reptiles, birds, geology, and wetlands are just a few of the topics that participants will delve into during the program. 

Open to the public, the seven-day Thunder Bay session will run from July 15 to 21, and involves seven modules that combine fieldwork and in-class instruction. Participants will receive a certificate after successfully completing the Master Naturalist program. 

Details, including registration information, can be found online at or by contacting







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Lakehead University has approximately 9,700 full-time equivalent students and 2,000 faculty and staff in 10 faculties at two campuses in Orillia and Thunder Bay, Ontario. Lakehead is a fully comprehensive university: home to Ontario’s newest Faculty of Law in 44 years, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and faculties of Engineering, Business Administration, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities, Science & Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Education, and Graduate Studies. Maclean’s 2018 University Rankings place Lakehead University among Canada's Top 10 primarily undergraduate universities, as well as first in Total Research Dollars, second for Citations, and third for Scholarships and Bursaries. In 2017, Research Infosource named Lakehead Research University of the Year in its category for the third consecutive year. Visit