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Sarah Fellerer
Program Coordinator, Master Gardeners
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Phone: 630-584-6166
FAX: 630-584-4610

Master Naturalists

Master Naturalists

The DuPage/Kane/Kendall County Master Naturalist program is designed to educate and train a corps of volunteers to provide support in the conservation, management, and interpretation of natural resources. The program provides science based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

The next training session is tentatively scheduled for fall of 2018.

What qualifications do I need to become a Master Naturalist?

Anyone 18 or older can become and Illinois Master Naturalist, it does not require a degree or experience. You must be willing to devote time to volunteering and to continuing education. This training session is open to residents of DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties only. Residents of other counties are welcome to fill out the interest form, non-resident applicants will be accepted if space allows. Training classes are scheduled one evening a week (6-9 pm) for ten weeks plus three Saturday morning field trips.

Topics for training will be selected from the following:

Ecological concepts, geology, archaeology, botany, forest ecology, grassland, ecology, ornithology, mammology, herpetology, entomology, wetlands and aquatic life.

Initial training is approximately 40 hours of classroom and field trips.

Volunteer Service

The intern phase of training involves volunteering 60 hours over the course of the first two years. In future years, Master Naturalists continue with an additional 10 hours of continuing education and 30 hours of volunteer service back to the local community.


Most classes and meetings are held at the Kendall County office which is located at 4777B IL Route 47 in Yorkville. Field trip locations are to be announced.


The fee of $250.00 covers classroom and field training, and the Illinois Master Naturalist manual. There is no cost to remain a Certified Master Naturalist in subsequent years.

For more information please contact Sarah Fellerer, Horticulture Program Coordinator,

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this Extension program, please contact our office.