Love Nature? It’s time to take it to the next level! Become a Missouri Master Naturalist - your key to discovering natural Missouri. Develop your skills as a naturalist, resource scientist, botanist, educator, or recreation specialist. Become part of a team of extraordinary individuals who are making a difference for Missouri’s natural resources.

A Certified Missouri Master Naturalist will:

  • Get 45 hours of initial natural resource-based training from local experts on a variety of topics
  • Complete an 8- to 10-hour  capstone project with a local partner
  • Give 40 or more hours annually of local natural resource-based volunteer service with our local partners
  • Get 8 or more hours of advanced training annually in the subjects of your choice
  • Enjoy and share your love of nature with a group of motivated enthusiasts

To find out how you can become a Missouri Master Naturalist, join us for this FREE ORIENTATION session on June 22, 1-3 pm at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., KCMO, or contact:

Apply for the program through the Missouri Department of Conservation at the orientation session. 

If accepted, the registration and payment will be accepted through a link that will be sent to you.

The Missouri Master Naturalists training sessions will be held on Tuesdays, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

The location of the class will vary, but will usually be at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center (4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO) OR at the Lakeside Nature Center (4701 E. Gregory Blvd., Kansas City, MO). 

The first class will be Tuesday, August 6. Field sessions are scheduled on various Saturdays.

The Missouri Master Naturalists program is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and the University of Missouri Extension.

For this informational session, register online (preferred) or onsite (June 22, 1-3 pm at the Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., KCMO).


  • Missouri Department of Conservation (Co-sponsor)
  • Lakeside Nature Center 
  • Missouri River Bird Observatory
  • Deep Roots KC
  • Bridging the Gap
  • Missouri Prairie Foundation
  • Missouri River Relief
  • Wild Souls
  • Heartland Conservation Alliance
  • Audubon Society