Boone’s Lick Chapter Master Naturalist Spring Training Course to be held starting March 3, 2015

Help protect the natural resources of Boone and surrounding counties 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.

Registration will begin January 20, 2015 for the Boone’s Lick Chapter Master Naturalist certification training course.   An orientation session will be held February 3 from 6:30 -8 p.m. at the MU Family Impact Center at 105 E. Ash Street, Columbia, MO.  Closing date for registration is February 16 and class size is limited.

Training sessions will be held at the MU Family Impact Center, Tuesday evenings from 6-9 p.m. beginning March 3 and ending May 12. Three Saturday field trips are included. The 50-hour course will teach you 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 participate in eight hours of advanced training opportunities.

The enrollment fee is $95 and includes materials.  The following application packet can be downloaded to enroll in the course: Master Naturalist Application Packet (PDF)

For more information on the class, contact Kent Shannon at 573-445-9792 or

The Missouri Master Naturalist program is co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri Extension.

Master Gardener Spring Class to begin March 17th

You can become a Master Gardener by signing up for the spring classes that start March 17th and go through May 19th.  The class will be on Tuesday Evenings from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the MU Family Impact Center, 105 East Ash Street, Columbia, MO. The cost of the class is $150.00.  Fee includes Master Gardener Core Manual notebook, one soil test and other references.  Registration deadline is March 10th to be sure we have a space for you and if you register by March 5th the cost will only be $140.

You are eligible for the class if you have some knowledge or experience in gardening and want to learn and provide research based horticulture information to the public.  The Master Gardener class is a basic horticulture class.  Those who take the class are required to volunteer thirty hours during the next year in various community volunteer activities related to gardening.

To print an application click here: Master Gardener Application (PDF)


Help protect Hinkson Creek

Reducing air and water pollution due to reactive nitrogen and other nutrients requires voluntary adoption of new practices and technologies. A variety of best management practices (BMPs) already exist for both agricultural producers and homeowners. To learn more about implementing these BMPs, go to Help Protect Hinkson Creek.

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