Missouri Master Naturalists

Missouri Master Naturalists

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 (MDC) 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.  Volunteers support conservation efforts and natural resource education in the local community.  General information can be found at http://extension.missouri.edu/masternaturalist.

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 Monarch is to establish new pollinator habitat in Central Missouri as part of the Missourians for Monarchs overall plan.  For more information http://www.midmomonarchs.info/.

Class 7 Graduation

Graduation for Class 7 of the Missouri Master Naturalists was held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Lake of the Ozarks Chapter

The Lake of the Ozarks Chapter was organized in the spring of 2009 and serves the residents of Camden, Miller and Morgan counties.  For more information contact Jackie Rasmussen rasmussenj@missouri.edu or by phone at 573-346-2644 or visit their website http://lakeozarkmasternaturalist.com/.

Lake of the Ozarks Chapter Newsletters

Fourth Quarter, November 2015 Newsletter (PDF)
Third Quarter, September 2015 Newsletter (PDF)
Second Quarter, June 2015 Newsletter (PDF)
First Quarter, March 2015 Newsletter (PDF)
Fourth Quarter, December 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
Third Quarter, September 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
Second Quarter, June 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
First Quarter, March 2014 Newsletter (PDF)

Missouri Master Naturalists Kids Club

The Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalists are planning a fun filled year of educational outside activities for area youth.  The Conservation Kids Club began activities in November, offering various programs and activities for second and sixth grade kids.

All meetings take place on Sunday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Camdenton Conservation Department office on Thunder Mountain Road.  The program is offered for free.  For more information, please contact Jodi or Terri at the Camdenton Conservation Office, phone 573-346-2210.

February 28:  Getting WILD in Winter Wonderland
April 24:  Awesome Aquatics and Earth Day Antics
May 15:  Monarch Mayhem and Milkweed Merrymaking