Contact Us

Erin Medvecz
ANR Environment and Energy Stewardship Educator
University of Illinois Extension
515 E Vienna St., Suite G
PO Box 604
Anna, IL 62906
Phone: 618-833-6363
FAX: 618-833-6304
emedvecz@illinois.edu

Brenda 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
hileman@illinois.edu

Southern Illinois Master Naturalist

Southern Illinois Master Naturalist

How do I become a Master Naturalist?

How do I become a Master Naturalist?

You become a Master Naturalist by applying, completing the training, passing the end-of-class test, and completing volunteer hours.

What will I learn?

A combination of classroom instruction and demonstrations is used to present information about topics such as archaeology, mammals, geology, soil, birds, plants, forests, insects, climatology, ecology, prairies, reptiles, fish, wetlands, and urban environments.

What steps should I take?

  1. Complete the application materials, including the application and two background check frorms. Part of the application process is a 15-minute informal, in-person interview.
  2. Upon acceptance into the program, you must attend approximately 60 hours of classroom instruction and field study. These sessions are led by expert educators in the region.
  3. Pass a comprehensive, open-book exam based on the classroom instruction.
  4. Complete 60 volunteer hours during the next 12 month period.
  5. Sign the Annual Volunteer Agreement Form.

To maintain your certification in subsequent years, you must complete 10 hours of continuing education and 30 hours of volunteer activities annually.