Missouri Master Naturalist overview

The mission of Missouri Master Naturalist™ is to engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state's natural resources through science-based education and volunteer community service.

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 is a resource for conducting the Missouri Master Naturalist program. It contains an overview of the program including the Master Naturalist mission and objectives. It also includes the guidelines for the administration and operation of this volunteer program, including the requirements for certification, training and volunteer service. Guidelines for Chapter organization, the use of the program name and logo, and program marketing are also included. Chapter Advisors, officers, board members and volunteers should all be familiar with this manual.

Copies of the manual can be requested from the State Coordinators. We ask that you read this manual carefully and refer to it whenever questions arise.

Where do I sign up?

Master Naturalist chapters are currently located in Columbia, St. Charles, St. Louis, Washington, Joplin, Rolla, Springfield, Kansas City/Blue Springs, Camdenton/Lake of the Ozarks, Cole Camp, St. Joseph and Hannibal, Missouri. Submit your contact information to program coordinators listed below 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.

Our accomplishments

Annual Reports