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.

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 Patricia Barrett barrettpr@missouri.edu or by phone at 573-369-2394 or visit their website http://lakeozarkmasternaturalist.com/.

Lake of the Ozarks Chapter offers scholarship

The Lake of the Ozarks chapter of Missouri Master Naturalists awards scholarships annually.  The application and criteria for the 2019-2020 scholarships are provided below.  

Students graduating high school in 2019 or college students with at least one more year of study are eligible to apply for one of two scholarships in the amount of $1,500 with $750 payable for each semester upon proof of enrollment.  The deadline for completed applications is Thursday, April 25, 2019.

A representative from the local chapter would like to be present for any scholarship assembly or celebration held or provide remarks about the scholarship if a counselor presents.

MMN Scholarship Application Form (PDF)
MMN Scholarship Criteria (PDF)

Become a Master Pollinator Steward

Pollinators - such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and insects - play a crucial role in the production of most fruits and vegetables.  They also support healthy ecosystems that clean the air, stabilize soils and support wildlife.

Studies show that pollinator populations are in decline because of a loss of feeding and nesting habitats, pollution and the misuse of pesticides.  Learn how to protect our agricultural economy and food supply with the Master Pollinator Steward program.

MU Extension specialists and stakeholders in the field developed this unbiased, research-based curriculum, which includes hands-on activities and classroom presentations.

MU Extension, Lake Area Master Gardeners, Ozark Prairie Master Gardeners and Lake Ozark Master Naturalists will host a program on Fridays from 9 a.m. to Noon at the Central Bank in Eldon, MO, 611 East North Street, Eldon.  Cost is $90 per person for the series.

The series includes the following:

  • March 22 - Insects
  • March 29 - Plant-pollinator relationship
  • April 5 - Honey Bees
  • April 12 - Field trip to honeybee producer farm
  • April 19 - Native pollinators
  • April 26 - Habitat and conservation

The presenters are:

  • James Quinn, Horticulture Specialist, MU Extension
  • Anastasia Becker, Missouri Department of Agriculture, retired
  • Travis Harper, Agronomy Specialist, MU Extension and beekeeper
  • David Trinklein, Associate Professor of Horticulture, MU Extension


For more information or to register, contact the MU Extension in Miller County Center by phone 573-369-2394 or email millerco@missouri.edu.  Registration is also available at https://extension2.missouri.edu/events/master-pollinator-steward-program-1

Master Pollinator Steward flier and registration form (PDF)