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Master Naturalist

Support conservation efforts throughout Minnesota! This program is a joint effort of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and University of Minnesota Extension. The program benefits the state through direct environmental service and by educating Minnesota's citizens about its natural resources. Master Naturalists are trained to be stewards of our natural environment and to teach these skills to others. If you enjoy hiking, bird watching, following tracks, or identifying wildflowers, you'll love being a volunteer.

Visit the Minnesota Master Naturalist website


Staff from nature centers, environmental organizations, state parks, wildlife refuges and similar locations can be trained as Minnesota Master Naturalist instructors. These instructors can teach the initial volunteer training course as well as lead continuing education initiatives for Master Naturalist volunteers. More about instructors...


Becoming a volunteer in the program is easy, but it does require a substantial time commitment. Interested adults complete the 40-hour volunteer certification course, which is a mixture of classroom learning and field trips. The cost is $200; scholarships are available. After training, Master Naturalists carry out at least 40 hours of volunteer service per year in these four basic areas:

To get started, create an account on the Minnesota Master Naturalist site. Then log in and choose the class you wish to take.

If you need more information before you decide, feel free to contact us at 888-241-4532 or

The public

All Minnesotans can get involved by attending Master Naturalist-led workshops and excursions. Keep an eye on our event schedule for your next environmental adventure!

Contact information

To contact the staff of the Minnesota Master Naturalist program, click here.

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