What is the Master Naturalist
Nationally accredited by the Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach
and Service Programs, the Master Naturalist Program promotes citizen
stewardship of natural resources through expertly taught science-based
education courses. The goal of Master Naturalist Program is to build
the competency of our volunteers as skilled educators, knowledgeable
field ecologists, and dedicated conservationists. The program provides
the opportunity for volunteers to continue learning about the local
forest environment and share newly acquired knowledge with others
through public presentations, guided hikes, or other environmental
Who are Master Naturalists?
Master Naturalists are volunteers in good standing who
• Desire to make a difference in maintaining the quality of
our native ecosystems
• Are specifically trained to ‘read’ the landscape
including understanding ecological concepts,
flora and fauna, evolutionary sciences, and human dimensions
• Share their knowledge with the public through providing educational
outreach and service
What do Master Naturalists do?
Master Naturalists provide public conservation
education outreach. Examples of educational outreach and service
• Leading nature hikes
• Presenting campfire talks
• Helping local Scouts earn their “naturalist” badge
• Producing a fact sheet on local wildlife
• Assisting local federal or state agencies with wildlife
• Manning discovery stations at the Maroon Bells Scenic Area
What are the benefits of being a Master
• Gain membership in an exclusive group of dedicated individuals
that share their
conservation knowledge and skills for the betterment
of our community
• Learn from and work side-by-side with experts
• Know that YOU are actively educating the public about safeguarding
our forest for present
and future generations
How do I become a Master Naturalist?
• Become a volunteer by completing the Volunteer Opportunities
• Complete the seven required courses and field days.
• Submit the Master Naturalist capstone project and presentation.
• Provide four educational outreach service programs annually.
We ask participants to donate a minimum of $100 to help sustain
the program. Take the first step towards achieving your Master
Naturalist certification and become a volunteer