University Of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist Program To Begin In August

University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalists provide leadership and educational outreach at local sites.  They practice stewardship at projects throughout Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties including Baebler Educational Farm, The Gardens at SIUE, and Watershed Nature Center.  Master Naturalists assist with habitat construction, trail maintenance, and invasive plant removal.  This active group of volunteers reported over 5,000 volunteer hours in 2018. 

“I enjoy the opportunity to work with like-minded people who want to preserve natural areas,” said Bill Klunk, Master Naturalist since 2013.  Bill has assisted at The Gardens at SIUE on a prairie restoration project.  He also helps with citizen scientist projects and education outreach to youth and adults.  “Master Naturalist training introduced me to many beautiful local sites.  I discovered that our area has a large, diverse ecosystem.” 

If you are interested in becoming a Master Naturalist volunteer, training will begin on August 14, 2019.  Most of the sessions will be held at natural areas and provide hands-on learning opportunities. The fee for the training is $250 and includes a copy of the Illinois Master Naturalist manual. Master Naturalist training includes sessions on geology, ornithology, herpetology, forests, prairies, and rivers.

To apply for the program call 618-939-3434 for an application to complete or visit our website at Registration is due August 5, 2019.  Questions about the program may be directed to Sarah Ruth, Horticulture and Natural Resource Program Coordinator at 618-939-3434 or

University of Illinois Extension offers equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this program, please call 618-939-3434.

Source: Sarah Ruth,