Contact Us

Brenda Hileman-Chamness
Office Support Assistant - Union County
University of Illinois Extension
515 E Vienna St., Suite G
PO Box 604
Anna, IL 62906
Phone: 618-833-6363
FAX: 618-833-6304

Southern Illinois Master Naturalist

Southern Illinois Master Naturalist

Who we are:
The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist Program is to provide science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

The program educates and trains adult volunteers so they are better equipped to share natural resource information with others in their communities; and to assist with environmental conservation and restoration activities. We all have a responsibility to protect the natural resources in the places where we live in order to ensure our world is "fit for the future." The University of Illinois Extension partners with local agencies to accomplish the Master Naturalist mission.

What qualifications do I need to become a Master Naturalist?
Anyone 18 or older can become a Master Naturalist. It does not require a degree or years of experience. You must be willing to devote time to volunteering and to continuing education.

Adult trainees in the Master Naturalist program will:
Learn basic principles about the natural worldLearn about the interdependent nature of the plants and animals in the various ecosystems of IllinoisLearn animals specific to Illinois such as mammals, insects, reptiles and fish and birdsLearn how everyone is part of and impacts nature in rural or urban areasLearn practical techniques for both teaching about and managing natural areas

The training will prepare volunteer Master Naturalists to more effectively participate in local environmental stewardship. They will learn about and may participate in citizen scientist activities. They will be able to share their knowledge, skills, and passion about the natural world with others so they also can become more engaged. Volunteer work includes, but is not limited to:

Assisting in the management of local natural areas

Completing natural resource related office work with special interest groups or not-for-profit agencies

Teaching adults or children about natural areas

Giving demonstrations and presentations to local groupsServing as a liaison between natural resource agencies and the public

Serving as a resource person to groups in need of natural resource assistance.

Program cost: $250.00

The 2015 Master Naturalist training will be held at Giant City Park Visitor Center, Makanda, IL.  Training will be on Thursdays from February 10 to May 7, 2015 from 9:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

If you need a reasonable accomodation to participate in this program, or for more information about the 2015 training, contact:

Sonja Lallemand at

For more information about the Master Naturalist Program, check out the Forms and Downloads page for application, brochure, schedule, policies,  and other information. Or visit the FAQ'S page.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

Please complete forms packet and bring with you to the interview.