Missouri Master Naturalist™ is a community based natural resource education and volunteer program. Its purpose is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Missouri.

To become a Master Naturalist you will receive training and contribute volunteer service.


Once you have received your training and completed your service, you'll become a certified Master Naturalist™. Each year following, you will complete eight hours of additional advanced training and contribute 40 hours of service to maintain your certification.

State Program Manual

The Missouri Master Naturalist Program Manual (PDF) is a resource for conducting the Missouri Master Naturalist program. It contains the guidelines for the administration and operation of this volunteer program. Chapter Advisors, officers, board members, and volunteers should all be familiar with this manual.

Where do I sign up?

Master Naturalist chapters are currently located in West Plains, Columbia, St. Charles, St. Louis, Washington, Joplin, Rolla, Springfield, Kansas City/Blue Springs, Camdenton/Lake of the Ozarks, Cole Camp and St. Joseph, Missouri. Submit your contact information and we'll let you know when your nearest chapter is holding a training course. Or you can click on the link to various chapter websites for additional information. If you have an interest in helping start a Master Naturalist chapter in your community, contact your MU Extension Center or local Missouri Department of Conservation Office.