MDC and partners plan Missouri Master Naturalist training in Hannibal

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HANNIBAL, Mo. – The Mississippi Hills Master Naturalist Chapter in Hannibal will hold a Master Naturalist training orientation March 5 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Boudreaux Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake.

Attendance at the orientation is required to participate in the Missouri Master Naturalist training, which begins April 2. Training classes will take place every Tuesday from April 2 – June 25 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Boudreaux Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake. The training also includes three Saturday field sessions.

In addition to attending the orientation, participants must also register for the April 2 – June 25 trainings by March 19. Class size is limited, and early registration is encouraged. Enrollees must be at least 18 years old and pay a $110 fee to the University of Missouri Extension to be used for chapter programs and expenses. Register for the orientation and full training course by visiting

The Missouri Master Naturalist program mixes science with service, engaging Missourians in stewardship of the state’s natural resources through science-based education and volunteer community service. The program is a partnership between MDC and the University of Missouri Extension.

“The intent of the Master Naturalist program is to better connect people to the environment and to nature,” explained MDC's Kathi Moore, Conservation Educator and Chapter Advisor. “There are many people with an interest in nature who are looking for opportunities to develop their skills as naturalists and use those skills in volunteer service. We provide that through a community-based volunteer and education program.”

Master Naturalists receive specialized training regarding nature in the region where chapters are based. Members help MDC and conservation partners through citizen science, educational programs, and stewardship projects. To become a certified Master Naturalist, participants must complete an initial training course and eight hours of advanced training. They must also contribute 40-hours of natural resource-related volunteer service through a local chapter.

For more information about the Mississippi Hills Master Naturalist trainings, contact Chapter Training Chairman Bob Kendrick at (573) 248-7361. The Boudreaux Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake is located at 21629 Hwy J in Perry.

Information about the Missouri Master Naturalist program is available at