Master Naturalist

St. Charles, St. Louis and Franklin Counties


Planning for the 2015 class is currently being developed and will be available by mid-March. The first class we be on July 21, at the Power Valley Conservation Center. At this time we invite you to call and add your name to our interested list for 2015 training. Call 636-970-3000. The training for 2015 will be similar to that offered in 2014. You can click for the 2014 training schedule below.

2014 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.

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

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.


Confluence Chapter (St. Charles County area)
Scott Killpack, MU Extension - St. Charles County, or 636-970-3000, ext. 110
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