Next meeting: 

Boone's Lick Master Naturalists (Columbia Chapter) meets at the Boone County Extension office on the second Thursday of each month, unless otherwise announced. Keep a watch on the newsletter for updates/changes to meeting schedule.

THURSDAY May 11th  - 6:30PM at the Boone County Extension office 

(check your email for more information/updates)


Boone's Lick Master Naturalists (Columbia chapter)

The Missouri Master Naturalist™ program is a community-based natural resource education and volunteer service program for adults, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension.

The mission is to engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state's natural resources through science-based education and volunteer community service.

Missouri Master Naturalist volunteers support conservation efforts and natural resource education in their local communities.


Life of a WRP: 60 Days of Duck Hunting 305 Days of Birding

Brad and Suzanne Wright (Class of 2005) will talk about Mussel Fork Legacy Marsh (MFLM or “The Fork”). The Fork’s 195 acres in Chariton County were enrolled in the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) in 2005. The property consists of 117.2 acres of herbaceous seasonal moist soil, 33 acres of upland, 30.9 acres of wooded wetland, and 13.9 acres of wooded upland. Brad and Suzanne will share the challenges and opportunities they face with funding, planning resources, and management methods, and tell us about some of the tools they use to enhance the property for wetlands and diversity of species.

This program is approved for 1 hour of Advanced Training.  Members count 1 hour of Advanced Training in addition to 1 hour of service plus travel time.  Advanced Training does not require a timesheet code, and does not include travel time.  The timesheet code for service/travel time is ADM. The MU Extension Office is located at 1012 North Highway UU (I-70 Exit 121). 


Missourians for Monarchs, Naturalist and Gardeners, Mid-Missouri Region

A website has been created for anyone interested, and particularly members of Mid-Missouri Master Naturalist Chapters, members of Master Gardener Clubs and Federated Garden Clubs, that provides a quick resource of information regarding how to establish and maintain a pollinator garden.

Monarch Butterfly population has decreased 90 percent since 1997. There are many reasons for this, but many are man-made. Pesticide use, herbicide use and mowing during Monarch migration are just a few of the causes. Various organizations are working on stopping these harmful activities. Meanwhile, what can you do to help protect existing and to establish new pollinator habitat to increase the number of pollinator insects which are so important for pollinating our food supply? The goal of Missourians for Monarchs is to establish new pollinator habitat in Central Missouri as part of the overall plan. For more information


For current chapter members

Newsletters and minutes

Email Contact for Chapter Leadership

2010 Annual Report (PDF)

Chapter calendar — Includes upcoming events, volunteer opportunities and advanced training opportunities

Volunteer opportunities and Committee members

Advanced Training Approval/Report form

Chapter By-laws (PDF)

Chapter Member Manual (PDF) — Updated January 2017

Info on reporting volunteer hours

Reporting Service and Training Hours — How to and What Counts (PDF)

Reminder of Certification Requirements (PDF)

2017 Volunteer Timesheet (XLS) | PDF

Instructions for Completing the Timesheet (PDF)

Chapter advisors

Kent Shannon
573-445-9792 x310

Bob Pierce