Missouri Master Naturalist program is a community-based, adult natural resource education and volunteer program



 
Help protect Camden and surrounding counties natural resources by becoming a Missouri Master Naturalist. The Missouri Master Naturalist program is a community-based, adult natural resource education and volunteer program designed to engage Missourians in the stewardship of our state’s natural resources. A little of your time and a desire to learn how to care for the environment are all you need to sign up for the program. The Missouri Master Naturalist program and professional natural resource experts will provide the training needed to get started.
 
The next Master Naturalist certification training course starts with an orientation on February 4, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at the MO Department of Conservation Office in Camdenton.  Classes will commence on March 4th and run through May 27th. The classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6-9:00 p.m. at the MO Department of Conservation office in Camdenton.  In addition three Saturday field trips are included. The 50-hour course will teach you about Missouri’s natural resource ecology and management. 
 
After graduation participants are asked to provide 40 hours of volunteer service on land management, citizen science, education, and other conservation related projects in the local community and achieve eight hours of continued education annually. To maintain Master Naturalist certification volunteers continue to contribute 40 hours of service and achieve eight hours of advanced training annually.
 
Camden County graduated its first Master Naturalist class in May, 2009 with 25+ graduates.  Those individuals have since gone on to form the Lake of the Ozarks Master Naturalist Chapter.
 
You must be 18 or older to enroll in this training. The enrollment fee is $100.  For more information or to sign up for the class contact Jackie Rasmussen, Ph: 573-346-2644, E-Mail: rasmussenj@missouri.edu or www.lakeozarkmasternaturalist.com
 
The Missouri Master Naturalist program is co-sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri Extension.