Next meeting: 

Boone's Lick Master Naturalists (Columbia Chapter) meets at the Boone County Extension office on the second Thursday of each month, unless otherwise announced. Keep a watch on the newsletter for updates/changes to meeting schedule.

THURSDAY March 9th  - 6:30PM at the Boone County Extension office 

(check your email for more information/updates)

Boone's Lick Master Naturalists (Columbia chapter)

The Missouri Master Naturalist™ program is a community-based natural resource education and volunteer service program for adults, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension.

The mission is to engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state's natural resources through science-based education and volunteer community service.

Missouri Master Naturalist volunteers support conservation efforts and natural resource education in their local communities.


Boone’s Lick Chapter Master Naturalist Spring Training Course to be held starting March 15, 2017

Help protect the natural resources of Boone and surrounding counties by becoming a Missouri Master Naturalist. The Missouri Master Naturalist program is a community-based, adult natural resource education and volunteer program designed to engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources.  

Registration has begun for the Boone’s Lick Chapter Master Naturalist certification training course.   An orientation session will be held February 15 from 6:30 -8 p.m. at the NOTE Change in Location: Columbia ARC (Activity & Recreation Center) 1701 W. Ash Street, Columbia, MO, Columbia, MO.  Closing date for registration is February 24 and class size is limited to 25. 

Training sessions will be held at the MU Family Impact Center, Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. beginning March 15 and ending May 24. Three Saturday field trips are included. The 50-hour course will teach you about Missouri’s natural resource ecology and management. After graduation, participants are asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer service on land management, citizen science, education, and other conservation related projects in the local community and participate in eight hours of advanced training opportunities.

The enrollment fee is $95 and includes materials.  The following application packet can be downloaded to enroll in the course.

For more information on the class, contact Kent Shannon at 573-445-9792 or   

The Missouri Master Naturalist program is co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri Extension. 


Missourians for Monarchs, Naturalist and Gardeners, Mid-Missouri Region

A website has been created for anyone interested, and particularly members of Mid-Missouri Master Naturalist Chapters, members of Master Gardener Clubs and Federated Garden Clubs, that provides a quick resource of information regarding how to establish and maintain a pollinator garden.

Monarch Butterfly population has decreased 90 percent since 1997. There are many reasons for this, but many are man-made. Pesticide use, herbicide use and mowing during Monarch migration are just a few of the causes. Various organizations are working on stopping these harmful activities. Meanwhile, what can you do to help protect existing and to establish new pollinator habitat to increase the number of pollinator insects which are so important for pollinating our food supply? The goal of Missourians for Monarchs is to establish new pollinator habitat in Central Missouri as part of the overall plan. For more information


For current chapter members

Newsletters and minutes

Email Contact for Chapter Leadership

2010 Annual Report (PDF)

Chapter calendar — Includes upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and advanced training opportunities

Volunteer opportunities and Committee members

Advanced Training Approval/Report form

Chapter By-laws (PDF)

Chapter Member Manual (PDF) — Updated January 2017

Info on reporting volunteer hours

Reporting Service and Training Hours — How to and What Counts (PDF)

Reminder of Certification Requirements (PDF)

2017 Volunteer Timesheet (XLS) | PDF

Instructions for Completing the Timesheet (PDF)

Chapter advisors

Kent Shannon
573-445-9792 x310

Bob Pierce