Missouri Master Naturalist ~ your key to discovering the natural Missouri!

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Osage Trails Chapter is comprised of members from the Greater Kansas City, MO metropolitan area.  


The Missouri Master Naturalist is a community-based natural resource education and volunteer program.  Its purpose is to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Missouri.

Missouri Master Naturalist is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation and University of Missouri Extension.

To become a Certified Missouri Master Naturalist, participants:

  • Receive a minimum of 40 hours of combined classroom and field experience in local ecosystems, including ecology and resource management and more.  We provide experts in the fields to give you the best information possible.  Weekly Tuesday evening classes are held in the fall of most years.  Participants must be able to attend all classes plus several Saturday field trips.
  • Complete an 8 to 10 hour individual or group capstone project with one of our local partners.
  • Give 40 or more hours of local natural resource-based volunteer service annually with local partners.

Each year, trainees will complete 8 hours of additional advanced training and contribute 40 hours of volunteer service to maintain certification.

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