by Connie Koval
The chapter leadership recognizes that we are a large chapter spread over a huge geographic area. Even when COVID-19 was not an issue, we experienced challenges getting together and forming individual connections. These connections are exactly what drew the majority of the members to the Master Naturalist community.
With this in mind, we would like to begin connecting members in small groups who have an affinity for like activities. These affinity groups are primarily a social group interested in a like thing and while the initial focus will be on affinities that relate to our chapter mission, we expect groups to naturally expand to more strictly social activities.
Perhaps you have an affinity for birding, insects, native plants, nature art journaling, invasive plant removal, reptiles, or reading nature and science books. The more social groups may be those interesting in camping, fishing, canoeing or kayaking, craft beer, or live music.
An example group may be interested in insects and getting together somewhere to see what they can find and identify. Another could be artists or photographers gathering at White Rock Lake to create in the company of other artists or those interested in making art. Maybe you are a voracious reader wanting to expand your knowledge with nature and science books and would like to be in a book club with your fellow naturalists. Do you have favorite camping spots and want to share experiences and insights with others?
After a poll during the March chapter meeting, members of the Affinity Work Group will be contacting you by phone to gauge member interest. Should you have any questions or comments, please send us an email.