Master Naturalist

Chert Glades Naturalist Chapter

Master Naturalist study aquatic life

Master Naturalist volunteers study aquatic life.

Missouri Master Naturalistâ„¢ is a community based natural resource education and volunteer program. Its purpose is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Missouri. 

To become a Master Naturalist, you will receive training and contribute volunteer service. Once accepted into the program you will receive 40 hours of training (link here to training objectives and outline) in Missouri ecosystems, including ecology and resource management and more. We provide experts in the field taught as trainers to give you the best information possible. This includes training in a classroom setting as well as out in the field.

Missouri Master Naturalist State Program Manual (PDF)

Advanced training
There will be opportunities for advanced training from experts in a subject of your choosing. You might focus on native plant or bird identification, learn how to restore prairies or monitor water quality, or you might choose to learn more about teaching conservation education to others. Master Naturalists are expected to complete 8 hours of advanced training annually.

You will have the opportunity to contribute 40 hours of service in natural resource conservation in projects that meet local conservation needs and that you help design. Service possibilities include assisting with plant and animal surveys, natural community restoration and demonstration, native plant gardens, participating in a speakers bureau, giving school programs, assisting with outdoor skills training, and more.

Once you have received your training and completed your service, you will become a certified Master Naturalistâ„¢. Each year following, you will complete eight hours of additional advanced training and contribute 40 hours of service to maintain your certification.

Visit the Chert Glades Naturalist website for more information.

Where do I sign up?
University of Missouri Extension at 417-358-2158 or
Missouri Department of Conservation:
Jeff Cantrell, 417-451-4158  email:
Kevin Badgley, 417-629-3423 email: