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Jason Haupt
Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship
University of Illinois Extension
15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542
Phone: 309-547-3711
FAX: 309-547-3713
jdhaupt@illinois.edu

Christine Belless
Program Coordinator, Master Naturalists
University of Illinois Extension
15411 N IL 100 Highway
Lewistown, IL 61542
Phone: 309-547-3711
FAX: 309-547-3713
cbelless@illinois.edu

Paula Lane
Office Support Assistant
University of Illinois Extension
127 S High St, Ste 1
Havana, IL 62644
Phone: 309-543-3308
FAX: 309-543-6239
pclane@illinois.edu

Master Naturalists

Master Naturalists

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.

Program Information

The University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit has trained 64 Master Naturalists over the past four years. "The program is designed to train volunteers in natural resources, so they can become natural area stewards, educators, and advocates," explains Christine Belless, program coordinator with Extension. The program provides science-based educational opportunities that connect people with nature and helps them become engaged environmental stewards. The following subjects are taught during the two week program: Ecological Concepts, Geology, Anthropology, Botany, Forest Ecology, Grassland Ecology, Ornithology, Mammology, Herpetology, Entomology, and Aquatic Systems.

The Master Naturalist program is a combination of education and volunteer services. With the help of local experts, U of I Extension provides the educational support for the program, while the internship service time will be done with their primary partners: The Nature Conservancy, Dickson Mounds Museum, University of Illinois-Springfield at Emiquon, Forest Park Nature Center, Jubilee State Park, Wildlife Prairie Park, Chautauqua Wildlife Refuge, Peoria Park District, Soldwedel Program Center-Pekin Park District, Canton Park District, and Spoon River College Arboretum.

The next Master Naturalist training is being planned for Fall 2017. For an application, access below. For more information about University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist program, contact Christine Belless, Master Naturalist program coordinator, cbelless@illinois.edu or Jason Haupt, Extension educator, energy and environmental stewardship, jdhaupt@illinois.edu, 15411 N IL 100 Hwy, Lewistown, IL 61542 or call 309.547.3711.

Illinois Master Naturalist Website

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