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Brigit Holt
Program Coordinator, Master Naturalist
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855

Master Naturalists in Cook County

Master Naturalists in Cook County

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Thank you to all who have applied to the Master Naturalist Program!!

All applicants will be contacted in May to schedule interviews for May and June.

Master Naturalist 2018 training will occur on Fridays from 9:30am to 4PM at locations throughout the county. Training dates will span 12 weeks and will occur from Friday, August 10 through Friday October 26, 2018.

Locations are disclosed to trainees only AFTER they are accepted in the program.  Trainings are held in nature centers, museums, University of Illiniois Extension office locations, and natural areas managed by federal, state, and local organizations. 

Trainees must be available for all training dates and have transportation to all locations. 

Wellness in the Woods

Master Naturalist Wellness in the Woods Series

Find reprieve from the stresses of daily life as you join Master Naturalists in the Forest Preserves of Cook County to enjoy yoga, guided meditation, mindful art, and other nature centered holistic modalities.

Every other month join us in a beautiful new location. See the schedule below.


4/27 – Swallow Cliffs Pavilion in Palos Park

6/22 – Rolling Knolls Pavilion in Elgin

8/24- Dan Ryan Pavilion in Chicago

10/26- Thatcher Pavilion in River Forest

11/30- Swallow Cliffs Pavilion in Palos Park

12/28- Thatcher Pavilion in River Forest


Please bring your own mat and props if you have them. Yoga takes place inside a temperature controlled pavilion. 
Other activities will be outside weather permitting.

For more information e-mail our Master Naturalist Extension Program Coordinator, Brigit Anne Holt, at

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