Class of 2023 Applications Being Accepted through Oct 31, 2022

Want to be a Master Naturalist? The next class will start on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 and run through Tuesday, May 2, 2023. Read more about the program and the training at our How to Join page

When you are ready to APPLY ONLINE, please click here. The process could take 30 minutes so be sure to view the PDF version first. Applications are being accepted 9/15-10/31/2022.

Preference will be given to applicants who express a commitment to stewardship of our natural resources; a willingness and availability to contribute time to volunteer service; a desire to complete the coursework, homework, and field trips; and those already volunteering.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance status in December following the application period each year.

How do I become a certified Master Naturalist?

  • Submit the application for the class and pass the mandatory background check to be accepted into the program. To become a Master Naturalist, you must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Complete the training program: 40 classroom hours (in person and online), 3 field trips (1 each for Aquatic, Prairie, and Forest ecosystems), homework, and class project.
  • Obtain a minimum of 8 hours of approved advanced training and complete a minimum of 40 hours of chapter approved volunteer service within the same calendar year.

Master Naturalists maintain certification by completing 8 hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service each year.

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