Master Naturalist training for St. Charles, St. Louis and Franklin counties

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.

Registration deadline has been extended to June 13, 2014. Please visit for more details and registration form.

Food preservation workshops and demonstrations

Whether you are new to home-canning, or are a "seasoned" canner, these classes will be beneficial to you.

This series of Food Preservation Workshops (PDF) offer a wide range of "up-to-date" and SAFE preservation methods for canning, freezing, pickling, making jams and jellies, preparing salsa and drying foods. Classes will be held Tuesdays, June 10, 17, 24 and July 8, 15, & 24 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at Union Memorial Auditorium, Classroom 3. Sessions are $10 each or all 6 sessions for $40. Registration, along with payment, is required prior to classes. For more information, please call 636-583-5141. 

Quality for Keeps newsletter

This newsletter is issued April through October providing research–based information for safely preserving food and other helpful tips. Also included are delicious recipes for your garden bounty.

July 2014 (PDF)

Franklin County 4-H newsletter

May 2014 (PDF)