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.

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. In addition you can download a copy of the Chapter Chartering Guidelines (PDF).