Master Naturalist

The Master Naturalist program is a training program to help you discover the natural Missouri by developing your skills as a naturalist, resource scientist, botanist educator or recreation specialist. You will gain a wealth of natural science information in classes given by some of Missouri's finest natural resource specialists and build new friendships with others who share a love of Missouri's outdoors. Master Naturalists become part of a locally-based team that volunteers to conserve Missouri's natural communities in multiple ways:

  • Helping survey plants and animals
  • Restoring landscapes to their natural splendor
  • Helping friends and neighbors appreciate the natural environment right in their backyards
  • Developing hands-on nature programs or new trails and educational sites

After completing the training, you will be recognized as a Master Naturalist intern and receive a certificate and badge. You will have the opportunity to form a local chapter with fellow classmates. The Master Naturalist chapter becomes a resource for the community by providing knowledge and expertise for a variety of natural resource needs.

You achieve the status of full Master Naturalist by completing 40 hours of volunteer service in approved projects and activities. Opportunities for projects will be presented and discussed throughout the training classes.

Sponsoring organizations: University of Missouri Extension and Missouri Department of Conservation

Special note on participant background checks

Before you register, you should understand that all participants will be required to undergo background checks. This requirement has been established due to the volunteer nature of this program and that some volunteer service could possibly include activities with children and youth. Even though you may have undergone previous background checks, you will be required to undergo the Master Naturalist background check to participate in this program.

Learn more about the Missouri Master Naturalist program.


University of Missouri Extension, 1623 Commercial Street, P O Box 969, Warsaw MO 65355    Phone: 660-438-5012

Missouri Department of Conservation
Syd Hime
Master Naturalist Program Coordinator


Hi Lonesome Chapter

The Hi Lonesome Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists is based in Cole Camp. Residents of Benton, Pettis, Hickory and Moniteau counties make up this chapter. Visit the Hi Lonesome Chapter website for more information on their activities.