The Minnesota Master Naturalist Program exists to promote awareness, understanding and stewardship of Minnesota’s natural environment by developing a corps of well-informed citizens dedicated to conservation education and service within their communities.

Local nature based centers across the state host Master Naturalist volunteer training courses.  During the 40 hour, hands on course, participants study natural history, environmental interpretation, and conservation stewardship.  Activities, field trips, and a group project bring instructional concepts to life.  Upon completion of the course, participants become a “certified” Master Naturalist Volunteer.  Volunteers renew their certification annually by conducting a minimum of 40 hours of conservation related service and 8 hours of advanced training on topics of their choosing.

This program is join effort between the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.



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