Missouri Master Naturalists

Enroll now for the 2015 Missouri Master Naturalist training program

Help protect Camden and surrounding counties natural resources 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. A little of your time and a desire to learn how to care for the environment are all you need to sign up for the program. The Missouri Master Naturalist program and professional natural resource experts will provide the training needed to get started.

The next Master Naturalist certification training course starts with an orientation on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the MO Department of Conservation Office in Camdenton.  Classes will then commence on Febr 23rd and run through May 18th.  Classes will be held on Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the MO Department of Conservation office in Camdenton.  In addition three Saturday field trips are included in the program.  Field trip dates have yet to be finalized.

The 50-hour course will teach participants 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 achieve eight hours of continued education annually. To maintain Master Naturalist certification volunteers continue to contribute 40 hours of service and achieve eight hours of advanced training annually.

Camden County currently has an active Master Naturalist Chapter in place whose membership is comprised of 90+ individuals that have completed the Master Naturalist training program over the past four years.  To learn more about the local Chapter’s efforts visit them online at www.lakeozarkmasternaturalist.com

You must be 18 or older to enroll. The enrollment fee is $100.  For more information or to sign up for the class contact Jackie Rasmussen, Ph: 573-346-2644 or rasmussenj@missouri.edu

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Missouri Master Naturalist Program Enrollment Form (PDF)

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.

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 Newletters

Third Quarter, September 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
Second Quarter, June 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
First Quarter, March 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
Fourth Quarter, December 2013 Newsletter (PDF)
Third Quarter, September 2013 Newsletter (PDF)
Second Quarter, June 2013 Newsletter (PDF)
First Quarter, March 2013 Newsletter (PDF)

Missouri Master Naturalists Kids Club

The Missouri Master Naturalists-Lake of the Ozarks Chapter has been having some serious fun with their Conservation Kids Club program this fall and winter, but now they are getting ready to bust loose!  This summer the chapter will have the Kids Club Sessions at the Camdenton Conservation Office on Thunder Mountain Road with outside adventures, new gizmos, and much more fun.  You will get outside and experience nature, listen, learn, walk, talk, experiment and explore.  If you and you and your third or fourth grade young person would like to join the Kids Club for some summer outdoor fun with bird brains, owl prowls, evening adventures and little exploration of the goofy and gross side of nature, please call the Camdenton Conservation Office.  Summer Kids Club will meet the third Thursday of each month during the months of May, June and July from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.  The program is open to all third and fourth grade individuals with an accompanying adult.   Registration is required in advance.  Please contact Jodi Moulder at the Camdenton Conservation Office, phone 573-346-2210, extension 233, to register.