Missouri Master Naturalists

Spring 2019 training 

Enroll now for the 2019 Master Naturalist training program.  Help protect Camden and surrounding counties natural resources 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.  A little of your time and a desire to learn how to care for the environment are all you need to sign up for the program.  The Missouri Master Naturalist program and professional natural resource experts will provide the training needed to get started.

The next Master Naturalist certification training course starts with an orientation on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Missouri Department of Conservation Office in Camdenton.  Classes will then commence on Wednesday, Feb. 27 and run through Wednesday, May 22 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Missouri Department of Conservation office at 783 Thunder Mountain Road, Camdenton.  In addition, three Saturday field trips are included in the program.  Field trip dates have yet to be finalized.

The 50-hour course will teach participants 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 achieve 8 hours of continued education annually.  To maintain Master Naturalist certification volunteers continue to contribute 40 hours of service and achieve 8 hours of advanced training annually.  

Camden County currently has an active Master Naturalist Chapter in place whose membership is comprised of 50+ individuals that have completed the Master Naturalist training program over the past six years.  To learn more about the local Chapter's efforts, visit them online at www.lakeozarkmasternaturalist.com.  You must be 18 or older to enroll.  Cost is $100 per person.  For more information or to register for the training, contact the MU Extension in Camden County Office at 573-346-2644 or camdenco@missouri.edu.  

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Missouri Master Naturalists

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 (MDC) 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.  Volunteers support conservation efforts and natural resource education in the local community.  General information can be found at http://extension.missouri.edu/masternaturalist.

Lake of the Ozarks Chapter

The Lake of the Ozarks Chapter was organized in the spring of 2009 and serves the residents of Camden, Miller and Morgan counties.  For more information contact Patricia Barrett barrettpr@missouri.edu or by phone at 573-369-2394 or visit their website http://lakeozarkmasternaturalist.com/.