St. Charles, St. Louis and Franklin Counties
A training program to help you discover the natural Missouri by developing your skills as a naturalist, resource scientist, botanist educator or recreation specialist. You will gain a wealth of natural science information in classes given by some of Missouri's finest natural resource specialists and build new friendships with others who share a love of Missouri's outdoors. Master Naturalists become part of a locally-based team that volunteers to conserve Missouri's natural communities by:
- helping survey plants and animals
- restoring landscapes to their natural splendor
- helping friends and neighbors appreciate the natural environment right in their backyards
- developing hands-on nature programs or new trails and educational sites.
After the training, you will be recognized as a Master Naturalist intern, and receive a certificate and badge. You will have the opportunity to form a local chapter with fellow classmates. The Master Naturalist chapter becomes a resource for the community by providing knowledge and expertise for a variety of natural resource needs.
You achieve the status of full Master Naturalist by completing 40 hours of volunteer service in approved projects and activities. Opportunities for projects will be presented and discussed throughout the training classes.
Pre-Requisite Required: Prior to attending the first training class on July 22, you must attend one of the five St. Louis Area Master Naturalist Chapter Meetings in June or early July. The purpose is to meet existing members and gain a deeper understating of the volunteer program you will be joining. In addition you will also complete the necessary paper work for the required background check.
Please see below for dates, times and locations – attend any one of these five chapter meetings.
- Confluence Chapter, St. Charles County – Tuesday, June 10, at Quail Ridge St. Charles County Park, 5:30–8 p.m. or July 8, at August A. Busch Conservation Area. 6–8:30 p.m.
- Great Rivers Chapter, St. Louis City/County – Tuesday July 15, Kirkwood Community Center, 6–8:30 p.m.
- Miramiguoa Chapter, Franklin County – Tuesday June 24, Shaw Nature Reserve, Maritz Trail House, 5–8 pm
Sponsoring organizations: University of Missouri Extension and Missouri Department of Conservation
Additional partners: Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Shaw Nature Reserve, St. Charles County Parks and Recreation, and Forest Park Forever
Special note on participant background checks
Before you register you should understand that all participants will be required to undergo background checks. This requirement has been established due to the volunteer nature of this program and that some volunteer service could possibly include activities with children and youth. Even though you may have undergone previous background checks, you will be required to undergo the Master Naturalist background check to participate in this program.
Confluence Chapter (St. Charles County area)
Scott Killpack, MU Extension - St. Charles County, email@example.com or 636-970-3000, ext. 110
Kevin McCarthy, MDC Busch Conservation, firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-300-1953, ext. 4119
Great Rivers Chapter (St. Louis City/County area)
Nathan Brandt, MU Extension - St. Louis County, email@example.com or 314-615-7610
Colleen Scott, MDC Columbia Bottom, firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-877-6019, ext. 26
Miramiguoa Chapter (Franklin County area)
Sam Faith, MDC Shaw Nature Reserve, email@example.com or 636-451-3512, ext. 6031
Matt Herring, MU Extension - Franklin County, firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-583-5141