Master Naturalist

St. Charles, St. Louis and Franklin Counties

Training Details

Tuesdays, July 21 to Oct. 6
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Saturdays, Aug. 29 and Sept. 19
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost: $125

Class size: limited to 40

Registration deadline: July 7

Online registration/payment

2015 training schedule and locations

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 by:

  • 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 the training, you will be recognized as a Master Naturalist intern, and receive a certificate and badge. You will have the opportunity to join with one of the three local chapters with your 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 along with an additional six hours of advanced education. Opportunities for projects will be presented and discussed throughout the training classes.

Prerequisite required: Prior to attending the first training class on July 21, you must attend one of the five St. Louis Area Master Naturalist Chapter Meetings in April, May or June. The dates and locations are listed on the registration link. The purpose is to meet existing members and gain a deeper understating of the volunteer program you will be joining. In addition you will also complete the necessary paper work for the required background check.

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.

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

Additional partners: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Shaw Nature Reserve, St. Charles County Parks and Recreation, and Forest Park Forever


Confluence Chapter (St. Charles County area)
To be named
MDC advisor currently vacant

Great Rivers Chapter (St. Louis City/County area)
Nathan Brandt, MU Extension - St. Louis County, or 314-615-7610
Colleen Scott, MDC Columbia Bottom, or 314-877-6019, ext. 26

Miramiguoa Chapter (Franklin County area)
Sam Faith, MDC Shaw Nature Reserve, or 636-451-3512, ext. 6031
Matt Herring, MU Extension - Franklin County, or 636-583-5141