The Missouri Master Naturalist (MMN) program is a community-based natural resource education and volunteer service program for adults, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri Extension. 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.

Missouri Master Naturalist volunteers support conservation efforts and natural resource education in their local communities.

The MMN core training is 40 hours, a mix of online evening presentations (March-April), and field trips (April-May) on Saturday mornings.  A final full schedule will be provided at the free information session / orientation on February 21 and at the first class.

This offering of the MMN core training is a collaboration between the Boone's Lick chapter in central Missouri (Boone and surrounding counties) and the Hi Lonesome chapter in the Benton / Pettis counties area.  Our Zoom sessions will be with both groups together, but field trips will be separate in the chapters' respective areas.  

Evening sessions, 6:00 to 9:00 pm:

  • Mon, March 4, online via Zoom
  • Mon, March 11, online
  • Mon, March 18, online
  • Mon, March 25, online
  • Mon, April 1, online
  • Weds, April 10, online
  • Mon, April 15, online
  • Mon, April 22, in-person field trip
  • Weds, May 1, in-person field trip
  • Mon, May 6, online
  • Mon, May 13, in-person session and graduation (Hi Lonesome)
  • Weds, May 15, in-person session and graduation (Boone's Lick)

Saturday morning sessions, 9:00 am to Noon (actual times may vary slightly)

  • April 13
  • April 27
  • May 4
  • May 11

NOTE: This registration is for both the central Missouri area (Boone's Lick chapter) and residents of the Benton / Pettis Counties area (Hi Lonesome chapter).  

Registration priority will be given to those already on the course waiting list.  

The course Zoom link will be provided to all registrants shortly after the course deadline.

Cost: $110

Contact: Tish Johnson,, 573-445-7992


  • Missouri Department of Conservation -- Program Co-leader
  • Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
  • Missouri Department of Natural Resources
  • Missouri Prairie Foundation
  • Missouri River Bird Observatory
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Knob Noster State Park