Fresh AfieldMore posts

Missouri Volunteer Opportunity: Master Naturalists

Apr 24, 2009

Who is a likely Missouri Master Naturalist? The only consistent characteristic is that they’re adult Missourians interested in learning about nature in Missouri and how to keep it healthy—and applying what they learn where they live. Chapters can be found in nine cities.
Master Naturlist

This is a program of the Missouri Conservation Department and University of Missouri Extension. Unlike some of the earlier volunteer programs I’ve mentioned in the past few blog posts, there is a small fee to take the 40-hour course that prepares members for the volunteer efforts ahead. Master Naturalists get involved in a great variety of projects. Sample projects include collecting seed for restoring prairies, presenting pre-school programs, controlling invasive plants and checking on bird populations.

Here’s what a few Master Naturalists have said about the program:

“Great program to connect to the world around you and meet down-to-earth, fun-loving people.”

“After spending 45 years in aviation, I’ve been to hundreds of classes but none could hold a candle to this training.”

“Great way to learn about your native as well as great conservation practices.”

Comments

Hello, I would be interested in volunteer projects for trail making, trail upkeep, and control of invasive species like bush honneysuckle in the area around Columbia and the Conservation areas 30 miles from here. Regards Clint Crane

Recent Posts

Blue-winged Teal In Flight

Testing the Waters

Sep 09, 2016

Have you ever been interested in duck hunting, but the idea of weathering the cold has kept you from taking that extra step out into the marsh?  Or perhaps you do duck hunt, but have that friend who tried it once, had leaky waders in the dead of winter, and swore he or she would never go back.  Well, it just so happens ... 

bumblebee

Busy Bees

Sep 05, 2016

Their sight and sound might bring panic at a picnic, but our need for bees is crucial.

Closeup of yellow garden spider on web

The Itsy-Bitsy Garden Spider

Aug 29, 2016

It’s a shame that little Miss Muffett was too frightened to meet the spider that sat down beside her. She would have discovered that spiders are exceptional creatures.